Seven out of ten Hungarians think that the country’s economy is in bad shape, and every other Hungarian is dissatisfied with their own personal financial situation, according to a new Eurobarometer poll based on interviews conducted in January and February. The results show that Hungarians consider higher prices and the cost of living as the most serious problems facing the country by far.
Dissatisfaction has increased much more in Hungary over the past six months than the average in the European Union. This has been accompanied with a significant loss in confidence in the Hungarian government and Parliament during this period, though confidence in the government is still higher than the extent to which the average EU citizen views their own decision-making political institutions.
There is also widespread dissatisfaction with the media and the functioning of Hungarian democracy. Only three out of ten Hungarians trust the media, while 16% of left-wing sympathizers and 76% of those on the right wing are pleased with how well democracy is run in the country. More Hungarians have trust in democratic functioning within the EU than in Hungary, although there are fewer of these than there were half a year ago.
In just the past six months, there has been a 12% drop in the number of people who hold favorable views of the European Union. At present, only 39% of Hungarians have a positive opinion of the EU, 6 percentage points below the EU average.
According to the Eurobarometer poll, this decrease was primarily a result of younger people changing their views of the EU, but it was seen in other age groups as well. Only 32% of those aged 15-24 hold a positive opinion of the Union.
Over the last six months, the number of those satisfied with the Hungarian government’s reaction to the Russian occupation of Ukraine has also dropped significantly, from 69% to 52%. A similar number of Hungarians was satisfied with the European Union’s response to the conflict.
Over half of the Hungarian population agrees with the EU’s stances on the war, but this proportion is lower than the EU average: an average of 74% of those in the EU approve of imposing sanctions on Russia, while this amount is just 56% in Hungary. [Népszava]