One in three Hungarians identify Germany as top ally

February 2, 2015

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Hungary’s state-run news wire (MTI) reports that, according to a fresh poll by pro-Fidesz pollster Nezopont, Hungary’s voters consider Germany their top ally and support closer political and economic ties with Germany.

Nezopont’s press release was published only hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Budapest. She was due to talk with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and visit German-language Gyula Andrassy University.

According to the press release, respondents were asked to indicate which country is Hungary’s most important ally. Germany received 32 percent of the replies. Russia came second with 7 percent and the United States was third with 6 percent. Poland and Austria tied with 2 percent each. The study also found that respondents have had positive discussions in recent weeks regarding Merkel’s visit.

Nezopont said an absolute majority of the respondents (52 percent) desired stronger political ties between Hungary and Germany, while 27 percent desired no change in Hungary-Germany relations. Four percent responded that ties should be looser between the two countries and 55 percent thought it important to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

Median polls suggest Hungarians prefer the US to Russia

Last year, the Median Public Opinion and Market Research Institute conducted research polls to assess public support for Hungary’s membership in the European Union. The list of those expressing partial or complete support, according to party preferences, offers another unique insight to Hungarians’ preferences.

According to the study, 78 percent of Fidesz supporters support partially or completely Hungary’s membership in the European Union, as do 84 percent of non-Jobbik opposition supporters, 41 percent of Jobbik supporters and 66 percent of those with no party preferences.

Median found that 72 percent of eligible voters in Hungary either partially or completely support Hungary’s EU membership.

In another study performed in 2014 Median asked respondents to choose which country Hungary should have stronger ties with. The poll allowed a choice between the United States, Russia or “don’t know”.

  • 40 percent of Fidesz supporters chose the United States, 39 percent chose Russia and the remaining 21 percent couldn’t decide.
  • 72 percent of the non-Jobbik opposition party supporters chose the United States, 18 percent chose Russia and the remaining 10 percent couldn’t decide.
  • 48 percent of Jobbik supporters chose the United States, 27 percent chose Russia and the remaining 25 percent couldn’t decide.
  • 54 percent of those with no party affiliations chose the United States, 16 percent chose Russia and the remaining 30 percent couldn’t decide.
  • 53 percent of population preferred the United States, 25 percent Russia and the remaining 22 percent couldn’t decide.

Another study performed by Median at the end of 2014 asked respondents to rank countries on a scale of 1 to 100. On average, Austria received the highest ranking of 81, followed by Germany with an average of 80, Great Britain with 74, France and Italy tied with 67, the United States with 65, Poland with 64, Russia with 47, China with 46 and Romania with 44.

Referenced in this article:

Külön a Merkel-látogatásra csinált kutatást a Nézőpont, HVG.hu; 2 February 2015.

Kelet vagy Nyugat Kompország helyett modern Magyarország 2 rész, SZRI.hu; 28 January 2015.