In just the past few months, there has been a significant increase in Hungarians who reject the European Union’s sanctions on Russia for attacking and invading Ukraine, reports 444.
Endre Hann, head of polling institute Medián, shared data on the subject while presenting a study on Ukrainian refugees. His research shows that in May, three months after the start of the war, 41% of Hungarians said that they did not support the EU-devised sanctions, but that this number had grown to 52% by October.
In other words, even before the government launched its recent anti-sanctions poster campaign, it appears that the majority of the country has already rejected the sanctions policy. Opposition to sanctions is notably high (81%) among supporters of ruling party Fidesz.
On both occasions, respondents who supported the sanctions were then asked how they would feel if the policy caused a slowdown in the Hungarian economy and a higher cost of living. In October, 31% of this group professed support for the Russian sanctions, a four percentage point decline from 35% back in May.
Apart from party affiliation, educational attainment was a decisive factor in determining responses. Half of all college graduates declared support for the sanctions even if it meant making sacrifices, while this proportion was 32% for those with high school degrees, 23% for vocational degree-holders, and 15% for those with only eight years of schooling.
A similar result was also seen with regards to age: nearly 50% of the youngest respondents agreed with the sanctions, while only a quarter of the oldest respondents felt the same way.