The Hungarian government has revealed that they received a record 1,680,000 responses to their “national consultation” questionnaire.
State Secretary Csaba Dömötör thanked those who had taken part in the survey, saying that their participation “demonstrates the strength of Hungarian democracy and that Hungarians never allow others to make decisions affecting them without their input”.
Dömötör said that the 1,680,000 responses returned was 60 percent more than the number of responses sent back for the questionnaire on immigration in 2015. It is also 400,000 more than the number of votes won by Hungary’s leftist parties in the 2014 election and 700,000 more than Jobbik’s vote tally, he added.
According to MTI, he said the government would give a detailed breakdown of the results of the survey at a later date, adding that their estimates show that the government’s policies would be backed by an “overwhelming majority” of respondents.
The state secretary said the government intends to continue tackling illegal migration and to keep the right to regulate taxes, wages and utility prices as national competencies. He added that Hungary expects drawn-out disputes with the European Union on these issues, which he said gave the level of participation in the survey even more weight.