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.