The newest Eurobarometer survey shows a marked decrease in the amount of trust Hungarians have in their government, along with a growing faith in the European Union.
As hvg.hu writes, this change is in line with the tendencies observed in the entirety of the European Union. Confidence in the EU, measured annually, is at 49%, the highest it has been since 2008, while only 36% of European citizens say they have trust in their national government, down from the 40% recorded in the previous survey period.
Hungarians have a more positive view of the EU than the average citizen: 59% have given the Union a vote of confidence (an increase of 6 percentage points since the summer of 2020), while only 39% have expressed trust in Orbán’s government, down from the previous figure of 46%.
Those who are unsure make up 5% of the surveyed population in both cases; therefore, 56% of Hungarians tend not to trust the government, while 36% feel the same way about the European Union.
The extensive survey polled Europeans on a variety of matters, including what they believed to be the two most important issues that their country had to deal with. Perhaps unsurprisingly, health came first, being mentioned by 44% of overall respondents and 50% of Hungarians. Other pressing matters include the economic situation, included in the top two by 33% of EU citizens and 30% of Hungarians, and unemployment (25% and 20%, respectively).
A sad fact is that while only 16% of the EU population marked the cost of living as an especially important issue, 37% of Hungarians did so, highlighting how many locals struggle with making ends meet.
And in spite of PM Orbán’s campaign warning about the risks of immigration, only 7% of Hungarian respondents named it as a particularly serious problem.
However, Hungarians appear to be much more divided when it comes to the government’s actions against the pandemic: 52% are very or fairly satisfied, while 47% are unhappy with the official measures. The data from the previous year show that it is the handling of the second wave of the pandemic that has caused significant dissatisfaction: in the previous survey, 69% of respondents said that they were satisfied with the government’s choices regarding the coronavirus situation. The figures are similar in the case of the EU’s decisions: 55% of Hungarians agree with them, while 42% expressed their discontent. It must be said, though, that most Hungarians (74%) believe that the European Union has played a key role in providing Hungary with coronavirus vaccines.