61 percent of Hungarians dissatisfied with Hungary’s direction

November 30, 2016


A recent poll shows that 61 percent of respondents are dissatisfied with the direction the government is taking the country. The study, based on joint work of Policy Solutions and Závecz Research with the assistance of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, is based on personal interviews with 2,000 respondents in October and November.

While 61 percent of total respondents have a gloomy outlook on the direction of the country, 31 percent are optimistic, reports hvg.hu. Rates of dissatisfaction vary based on the age of respondents and where they live. 30-39 year olds were the most satisfied group, with 40 percent responding that they were happy with the country’s direction, while those over 60 had the gloomiest outlook: 68 percent were dissatisfied, and only 25 percent had reasons for optimism. Women and men show nearly the same rates of dissatisfaction, with 62 and 59 percent respectively.

The study showed that dissatisfaction is highest in rural areas and decreased in larger towns and cities. Among Budapest residents, 35 percent were optimistic while 55 percent were unsatisfied, compared with 59 percent dissatisfaction in rural towns and villages.

Level of education played a major factor in the poll results: 83 percent of those who have not finished 8th grade are dissatisfied, the highest of any group overall. This is compared with a rate of dissatisfaction of 50 percent among university graduates.

Rates of dissatisfaction were also measured compared to political affiliation. The most disenchanted group was undecided voters, representing 22 percent of dissatisfied respondents, followed by left-liberals with 17 percent, Jobbik supporters with 12 percent, and Fidesz-KDNP supporters with 5 percent.

Dissatisfaction among supporters of the governing party, while low, is highest among uneducated voters and those living in small towns and villages.