A recent survey by pollster Medián finds that support for the European Union has slightly grown in Hungary despite the government's constant verbal and PR attacks on "Brussels", reports 24.hu.
Four-fifths of the poll's respondents "definitely" or "rather" support Hungary's EU membership, while less than one-fifth opposes it. Should the government initiate a referendum on leaving the EU, 48% of the respondents would turn up to vote and 74% of them would vote for staying, while only 20% would positively vote to leave. A positive overall image of the EU is characteristic among the respondents, while the commitment of under 30-year-olds is the strongest (89%). This is only moderately influenced by party preferences, as even 57% of far-right Jobbik's supporters are pro-EU. However, only one-eighth of the respondents believe that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would really want Hungary to leave the EU.
Orbán and his governments have fought a constant verbal "freedom fight" since 2010 against the "EU bureaucrats", who "do not respect Hungary's "sovereignty enough" according to their narrative. This is especially interesting considering the amount of funding Hungary receives from the EU. Brussels has indeed raised objection against the apparent skimming of its funds by circles close to the government, and has called for more a transparent and even-handed distribution of these.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 December 2016 07:23