The number of Hungarians who think that Russia’s war in Ukraine is aggression is falling, according to a recently published survey. Furthermore, 25 pc of Hungarians think Russia is just defending itself in Ukraine.
Is Russian propaganda flourishing in Hungary?
The Publicus Institute found that the number of Hungarians who think about Russia’s war in Ukraine as aggression fell by 8 pc in just two months, Népszava wrote. In March, 64 pc of Hungarians regarded the war as aggression. This rate decreased to 56 pc by May. Meanwhile, the number of people who think Russia is only defending itself in Ukraine increased from 15 pc to 25 pc. Népszava believes that the government media’s manipulation is behind the trend since it uses the arguments of the Russian propaganda in their news explanations in connection with Ukraine.
42 pc of Fidesz supporters think the war is Russia’s aggression. Meanwhile, this number is 85 pc in the case of the supporters of the Our Homeland (Mi Hazánk) party and the Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party.
The rate of Hungarians who think that the war would not spread to Hungarian territories grew from 79 to 81 pc. 77 pc does not see a Russian nuclear attack to be realistic. Moreover, the number of those satisfied with the government’s reactions to the war in Ukraine rose. Interestingly, even 39 pc of opposition supporters would not back the expansion of sanctions on the Russian energy sector because they would not like to pay more.
The number of refugees coming to Hungary is still above 11 thousand
The survey of Publicus showed that 60 pc of Hungarians supported Ukrainian refugees in one way or another. 53 pc gave donations in kind, 51 pc donated money. 3 and 6 pc said that they offered accommodation or were volunteers.
A total of 5,670 people crossed into Hungary directly from Ukraine on Thursday, while another 5,777 people from Ukraine crossed via Romania, the national police headquarters said. The police issued temporary residence permits valid for thirty days to 463 people, the police website said on Friday. Holders of such permits must contact a local immigration office near their place of residence within thirty days to apply for permanent documents, it added.
The Budapest police received 305 refugees, 89 children among them, by train, according to the municipal police website.
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Source: Népszava, MTI
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