Do you say yes to homeopathy? 50% of the Hungarians actually do
444.hu reported that, if there exists a controversial topic in Hungary, it is undoubtedly the topic of homeopathy. The controversial and divisive nature of this theraphy has already been known, but thanks to a recently conducted survey entrusted to Medián by 444, palpable data show that the question of homeopathy in fact divides the Hungarian population. The research was conducted in October, 2017, with the participation of 1,200 people.
The results are the following:
44% of the respondents believe that it is a very useful therapy that can cure various illnesses.
41% are dubious and say that this is quackism with no efficiency and people should not believe in it.
15% of Hungarians do not know what to think about the issue.
The difference of opinion based on sex is palpable provided that 37% of men and 51% of women believe that homeopathy is useful, while 49% of men and 35% of women think that it is a sham. Based on the survey conducted by Medián, the age of the participants is not as important as their sex, because the number of the supporters and the opponents is quite similar in each of the age groups. However, when it comes to the level of education, there are significant differences. We can state that the more people are educated, the firmer opinion they have towards the issue. It is also shown by the fact that only 23% of those with an 8th grade degree and 7% of the graduates do not know what to think of the issue.
What is the most surprising, however, is that people with higher levels of education believe more in homeopathy.
Let’s examine the outcomes in more detail:
From the research, it came to light that the majority of the respondents do not have personal experience with the homeopathic remedies and formed their opinion without being personally involved in it. 22% of the respondents said that they themselves or their relatives have already taken homeopathic remedies while only 5% of the group reported that they use them on a regular basis.
A further interesting thing to examine is that only 21% have reported that homeopathic products have been recommended to them in pharmacies or by their doctors and the number of women (25%) surpassed that of men (19%) in this question.
But what do regular users say about the efficiency of the products?
58% of the people believe that sometimes they work, sometimes they do not.
35% report that they always work.
5% say that they are never efficient.
The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) has recently announced that there is no evidence that homeopathy is an efficient cure for any kinds of illnesses, but its presumed effects are explainable by the placebo-effect. A Hungarian relation concerning this announcement is that in September 2017, the Semmelweis University of Budapest decided not to announce the course, Introduction to Homeopathy, any more.
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