A new survey finds 50% of Hungarians think democracy and press freedom has worsened in the last 10 years
Conducted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions it revealed that 50% of Hungarians think that democracy and freedom of the press have worsened under Viktor Orban’s rule. Only 16% and 17% of respondents respectively said the situation regarding these factors had improved. According to the survey, which evaluates respondents’ views on Orban’s 10 years in power, 43% think Hungary is in a worse condition than it was 10 years ago, while 30% said the situation had improved.
The youngest generation (those under 30 years old) is the most critical of the Orban government’s performance, while the oldest generation (those over 60 years old) sees the government’s work the most positively.
Respondents were highly critical of the government’s performance on healthcare (63% said it had worsened), corruption (60%) and public education (58%). According to the survey, healthcare was ranked as the government’s main policy failure, followed by social inequalities and the vulnerability of employees.
In contrast, Hungarians see the most improvement in areas concerning the economy, such as family subsidies (44% said the situation had improved), the state of the Hungarian economy (31%), and living standards (27%).
The survey is based on an opinion poll conducted by Závecz Research, which interviewed 1,000 people representing the whole adult population of Hungary by age, gender, residency and education.