university students

According to, the Active Youth Research Group (Aktiv Fiatalok Kutatocsoport), which consists of the teachers and students of ELTE and Corvinus, examined the Hungarian university students’ social activity. They asked 800 young people from the universities of the country.

Based on this, Jobbik is still the most popular party among students, and it managed to increase its advantage with respect to the results 2 years ago. Now, 20% of the students would vote for them, while they had only 17% in 2013. Among Jobbik sympathizers, there are the most people who think dictatorship is acceptable. They are typically from small settlements, undergraduate and say they are religious just in their own way.

LMP managed to come up to 15% among youngsters. Probably they can thank to the disappearance of Egyutt-PM that they can be the second again. LMP supporters tend to come from big cities and from highly-educated families and they are higher level than Bachelor. In this group, the women are in majority.

At the same time, the fall of Fidesz can also be observed in the universities, only 12% of the students would vote for Fidesz. Two years ago, they were the second with 16%.  The Fidesz sympathizers are the most religious and they are the most confident regarding their future, said.

Compared with 2013, Egyutt-PM, which was the 3rd then, has almost completely disappeared. Now, they would got only 4% together, and Egyutt would get 3%, PM would get 1%, if they’d compete separately. MSZP would receive 3%, DK would get 2%.

The proportion of undecided rose to 41%. Only 46% of them said they would’ve go vote now.

Young people are less and less interested in politics, only 27% of them said they’re interested in these issues. Most often, corruption, lies, fraud, Orban, Viktor and sucks words crossed their minds about politics.

47% of the students responding think democracy is better than any other political systems. This ratio has slightly increased compared to the previous survey. However, it’s still very low, since the number of those who stand for democracy doesn’t reach half of the students.

In addition, 32% think it doesn’t make a difference; one system is like the other. 21% of the students would prefer dictatorship in certain circumstances.

The most democracy-supporters are the students of social sciences and law faculties, while those who attend computer science, technical and agricultural education and health sciences would be the least disturbed by the introduction of a dictatorship, said.

However, even democracy-supporters think there are a lot of problems with the system: More than 2/3 of the students are dissatisfied with that what we call democracy in Hungary now. 9% of them said they had participated in the demonstrations in fall and in winter, and 16% of them said that although they hadn’t been present, but supported the movements.

The survey also questioned how the students approach emigration. The rate of those who would go to work to another country has continued to increase. 37% of them plan that they would settle down abroad. However, 63% of full-time students have also thought about working abroad. Among them, the medical students have the highest proportion.

The researchers compared their results with the data of TARKI on total population, which revealed emigration is a much higher option among students.

Mostly those would go who have language skills, experiences abroad or those who are unsure of their situation somehow. However, the readiness of emigration is mostly independent of whether a person comes from a rich or a poor family. Only Fidesz-sympathizers have a lower proportion who would leave the country. In the largest proportion, the unsure voters would go away.

The research has also found that family background fundamentally determines who can get on what educational level, so the Hungarian higher educational system is still only marginally able to ensure social mobility.

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