24.hu | Remain, but why? – Controversial attitude of governing party voters to the EU
It is an opinion poll cliché that Hungarian society is “irredeemably” pro-European, despite the government’s long-standing EU-critical campaign to change this. Even though the central element of this campaign is “Brussels” as the number one scapegoat, whether it is immigration, the Hungarian rule of law, Covid or the Russian-Ukrainian war, if we put the question at the top of the list in the form of “To go or to stay?” or “Is the EU good or bad for us?“, the decisive majority – not two-thirds, but three-quarters according to most surveys – believes that Hungary belongs in the EU.
The vast majority of Hungarian society has a strong European identity and would vote to remain in the event of a referendum, would like to increase the EU’s influence in the world and feels that in many areas the EU is better placed to tackle problems than nation states individually. At the same time, however, they are critical of the EU’s performance in recent crisis processes and sees the EU as a medium rather than a heavyweight player in world politics.
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