The new Hungarian paedophile law, also labelled as the “homophobic law” due to the modifications added to the original bill, completely divided Hungarians.
Lately, many internal issues and conflicts of Hungary have received international attention and reaction. The “homophobic law” is one of them.
Since the question of LGBTQ people’s rights causes problems on an international level, it was natural that the passing of the bill would get some sort of reaction from other countries. Several governments and the European Union itself stood up to discrimination, creating a common standpoint and opinion.
In Hungary, however, the reaction of people is not that one-sided, writes index.hu.
“The law completely divides Hungarian society,”
shows the research of Median, the most important independent public survey company in the country. The results were published by hvg360.
The proportion of those accepting or refusing the details of the law is almost equal, 47% against 42%.
Whether someone is for or against the details infringing upon the rights of homosexuals greatly depends on the age and educational background of the person. Those who have finished secondary school and most of those with a university degree tend to refuse the law as such.
Under the age of 30, the proportion of those against it is higher than in any other age group.
The point of view of those supporting the government and those belonging to the opposition perfectly reflect the side they are on. Two-thirds of the former support the law, while two-thirds of the people not agreeing with the current government do not agree with the “homophobic” modifications of the law either.
Participants of the survey were also asked about their opinion on the EU membership and how they would vote in the case of a referendum deciding whether to stay or leave the community. In this case, the answer was more unilateral. Two-thirds would absolutely participate in the referendum, and 80% of them would vote to remain part of the European Union.
When it comes to
Hungarian membership in the EU in general, 83% of people asked are in favour, while 11% are against it.
79% of the government’s supporters see membership as a positive thing, as opposed to 17% who would rather be independent.
On the side of the opposition, the viewpoint is much more unilateral. 90% is in favour as opposed to 7% who would rather leave.
The EU membership overall causes much less division than the contents of the new law, and its perception is quite independent of people’s political views.
Four-fifths of Fidesz voters also stand for EU membership.