A large number of Hungarians are dissatisfied with the pro-Russian policy of Orban

19:56 07 September Kyiv, Ukraine

The number of Hungarians dissatisfied with the pro-Russian foreign policy of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has grown in the context of the war in Ukraine.

This is evidenced by data from a Publicus Institute survey for the opposition publication Nepszava.

It is noted that the ratio of dissatisfied and satisfied with the policy of the government was exactly the same in February (46% -46%), in April, those satisfied with the policy of the Orban government (56%) prevailed, but now the trend has changed: 50% are dissatisfied, and only 40% are satisfied.

An even greater shift in attitudes can be seen if the question is asked in the following way: how satisfied are you with the way the government has responded to the war so far? In February, 60% of the respondents were satisfied, in April - 66%, but by August the group of satisfied people decreased to 42%, and the group of dissatisfied grew to 52%.

The number of people expecting a harsher condemnation of Russia for the attack on Ukraine from Prime Minister Viktor Orban has increased (up to 48%). 34% of respondents do not need such a need, 18% did not answer the question. At the same time, far fewer supporters of the Orban government (15%) want to see tougher actions by the prime minister than the opposition (88%).

In March, 86% agreed that Hungary does not support Ukraine with weapons, and 79% agreed that Hungary accepts all refugees from Ukraine. In these two questions, the percentage of those who agree with the actions of the authorities fell to 79 and 68 percent, respectively. 64% of respondents also agree that Hungary does not allow weapons to pass through its territory to Ukraine.

A total of 23% believe that Hungary should have provided more assistance to Ukraine, 48% consider the level of assistance to be approximately sufficient. 12% would like the help to be less, while 8% believe that it should have been helped in a different way, not necessarily more or less.

In February, 64% of respondents qualified the war in Ukraine as Russian aggression, in April only 56%. Based on the data received in August, this statement is again supported by 63%. However, 19% of the survey participants still believe that the war is more defensive on the part of Russia, and 17% found it difficult or did not want to answer.

Among university graduates, there is an extremely high proportion of those who qualify what happened as aggression (80%), the vast majority of Budapest residents (77%) also think so.

Earlier, polls by Századvég, an organization loyal to the authorities, showed that the vast majority of Hungarians do not support EU sanctions against Russia, oppose the ban on issuing visas to Russians, and also do not agree with the supply of weapons to Ukraine by EU member states.