Divided over Merkel and Juncker, Hungarians prefer Obama to Putin

January 13, 2016

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Nézőpont Intézet, a polling and research consultancy acquired nearly a year ago by former Office of the Prime Minister undersecretary Tibor Gyōri, says Hungarians are divided over German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to a telephone opinion poll of 1,000 Hungarians conducted by Nézőpont, 39 percent are sympathetic toward Merkel while 42 percent have a bad opinion of her.

Nézőpont says Hungarians find Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to be controversial, divisive individuals. At the same time, Nézőpont says Hungarians have a generally positive view of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and United States President Barack Obama.

According to the pro-Fidesz political analyst, the 2015 refugee crisis has helped garner a “national unity” in support of the government’s anti-immigration policy.

Only 22 percent of Hungarians have a good opinion of Juncker and 23 percent a poor opinion. One-third of the respondents had no idea who he is.

Nézőpont also found that 28 percent are critical of Putin while 46 percent have a positive view. Interestingly, only 18 percent are critical of Obama while 59 percent have a generally positive view.

Nézőpont’s telephone was conducted between January 4 and 7. The maximum margin for error is 3.2 percent, Nézőpont writes.