A fresh survey from the Szent István Institute commissioned by the Nézőpont Institute has found that the majority of Hungarians reject the European Union’s current policy of sanctions.
According to the survey, 54% of the survey’s respondents completely disagreed and 17% somewhat disagreed with the European Union’s response to the war in Ukraine, its sanctions and weapons deliveries. Meanwhile, 9% said they strongly agreed and 13% said they somewhat agreed with the EU’s responses. In a breakdown of responses by age group, the Szent István Institute found that the economically active respondents in the 40-49 and 50-59 age brackets were the most strongly opposed to the EU’s responses. Altogether 35% of Budapest respondents rejected sanctions and weapons deliveries, compared with 55% of respondents based in other cities and 62% of those living in villages. Meanwhile, the survey found that 51% of Budapest residents trusted that the EU was capable of protecting its citizens, compared with 43% of those living in other cities and 44% of those who live in villages. In terms of age, trust in the EU was highest among 18-29-year-olds (56%) and lowest among 50-59-year-olds (37%). Altogether 11% of respondents did not or could not answer the question. Fully 36% said they were completely or somewhat satisfied with the EU’s current leadership as against 54% who were dissatisfied, among whom 26% were completely dissatisfied. Altogether 10% of respondents did not or could not answer the question. The survey also found that some 40% of Hungarians believe Christianity is vitally important to the future of Europe, while another 40% consider it somewhat or very important. Altogether 10% said Christianity was not at all important to the future of Europe, while 8% said it was of little importance. The Szent István Institute conducted its representative survey on the occasion of Europe Day.
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