Hungarian first-time voters declare themselves mostly to be right-wing, moderate, and liberal, and the worldview of the young generation is characterized by moderation rather than radicalism, Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) and its affiliated Institute for Youth Research told MTI on Monday, presenting the results of a public opinion poll.
The Institute for Youth Research conducted its representative survey in May and June. This showed that among young people aged 18-21, one and a half times as many (36%) consider themselves right-wing as left-wing (24%).
However, the opposite trend was found on the conservative-liberal axis. 26% of respondents say they are more conservative and 31% claimed to be more liberal.
The survey also showed that the proportion of young people who consider themselves moderate is much higher than the proportion who describe themselves as radical. There are three times as many moderates (46%) as radicals (15%).
As the results of the Institute of Youth Research survey show, on a scale of 0 to 10, with the two end values representing the two extremes, there is a “pull towards the middle” phenomenon on all three dimensions: 27 percent of first-time voters say they are “halfway” between left and right, 28 percent say they are in the middle of the conservative-liberal axis, and 27 percent say the same about themselves on the moderate-right dimension.
The proportion of young people positioning themselves in the center – i.e. in the middle – was also higher in this survey than those who would place themselves in a more defined ideological category.
According to the Institute, although young people’s self-definitions of “right-wing,” “moderate,” and “liberal” are not mutually exclusive, the age group considers itself to be mostly moderate in its choice of political values.
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