Budapest, December 14 (MTI) – Hungarians are “fed up” with Prime Minister Viktor Orban spending “heaps of” public money on building soccer stadiums, the opposition Socialist said on Monday.
Balazs Barany cited a recent survey conducted by the Publicus Institute which found that 80 percent of Hungarians would prefer the government to spend considerably less money on soccer.
He noted that 77 percent of the survey’s respondents said they had never been to a Hungarian championship match and 88 percent said they do not even plan on ever going. Two thirds of the respondents said they do not even follow the championship on television.
Barany said the survey found that 54 percent of Hungarians would like to see the funds currently spent on soccer allocated to health care, 29 percent would prefer the government to spend that money on eliminating poverty, 21 percent would spend it on education and 13 percent of the respondent said they would like the money to be spent on job creation or wage raises.
Barany said Orban would notice that most Hungarians do not want any more stadiums if he listened to the people.