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Majority of Hungarians distrustful of foreign-backed NGOs

Majority of Hungarians distrustful of foreign-backed NGOs

Budapest (MTI) – The majority of Hungarians distrust civil groups financed by foreign entities but trust Hungarian-funded ones, according to a survey the Századvég Foundation conducted and released on Wednesday.

Altogether 56 percent of the survey’s respondents said they trusted Hungarian NGOs, while foreign-backed ones were deemed trustworthy by 29 percent.

Among self-declared left-wing sympathisers, 61 percent said they trusted civil groups funded by foreign entities. Fully 31 percent of self-declared centrists said they trusted such organisations, while only 13 percent of right-wing sympathisers were trusting of them, the survey showed.

Századvég found that public trust is highest in higher education institutions. Fully 83 percent of the survey’s respondents were trusting of universities and colleges while 66 percent of them had trust in public schools. Church-funded schools were found to have a similar level of support, while altogether 60 percent said they trusted churches in general.

The survey also revealed that the majority of Hungarians are also trusting of the army and the police force, with 79 percent viewing the former and 77 percent the latter as trustworthy. A total of 64 percent were trusting of the Constitutional Court and 63 percent also found the courts to be generally trustworthy.

According to the survey, Hungarians also view international organisations favourably, with NATO and the UN each being deemed trustworthy by 69 percent of respondents and the European Union by 62 percent.

The phone survey was carried out between Feb. 2 and 10 with a sample of 1,000 adults.

Source: MTI/Századvég

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