The role of left-liberal parties has been assumed by the left-liberal media

The opposition media is attempting to assume opposition parties’ role in shaping public opinion along certain economic or political interests. Concerning the US-based university CEU, 444.hu, linked to George Soros, was most active in producing content; in several days during the examined period, close to half of all articles published on this site addressed the issue surrounding the Soros-funded university.

Since 2014, the fragmentation of the Left has increased further and in the absence of a visible governmental alternative, opposition parties have been unable to channel in the discontent manifesting itself at demonstrations over the past weeks, with prostesters often rejecting the opposition took. As elections approach, this is causing increasing frustration among the leaders of opposition parties, whose position remains unimproved by the anti-government demonstrations seen during the past days; instead of shaping these protests, opposition parties are merely bystanders, their role being practically taken over by the left-liberal media.

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Hungarians support János Áder’s reelection

Among Hungarians able to identify János Áder as Head of State (56 percent of the entire adult population), close to three-fourths (73 percent) are satisfied with the President’s work, with even 78 percent of Jobbik sypathisers, 65 percent of MSZP supporters and 42 percent of DK voters familiar with him sharing this opinion, a public opinion poll carried out by Nézőpont Intézet between 3-7 March 2017 reveals.

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Unprecedented criticism of Hungary in the German press

Over the previous year, the German media’s criticism of Hungary reached unprecedented levels, with 60 percent of articles published portraying Hungary in a negative light, Nézőpont Intézet’s analysis “Hungary in the World Media, 2016” reveals. Among the years analysed so far, the past year marked the highest-ever proportion of negative coverage on Hungary in the German media. In addition to German newspapers, Israeli, Italian and French news printed media outlets were similarly critical of Hungary in 2016; in these countries, the share of articles striking a negative tone on Hungary amounted to 53-50 percent.

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The smallest were the loudest

Jobbik, in contrast to most other parties, has not pursued any active communications during the final months of the referendum campaign, hence the party’s politicans were featured in the evening news in September only about as much as they were during the politically less active Summer months – reveals Nézőpont Intézet’s most recent news analysis. Once again, this third quarterly analysis examined the evening news of TV2, RTL Klub, M1, HírTV, ATV and Echo TV.
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The more than 3 million „NO” votes siding with the government amounts to an unequivocally successful outcome

The sweeping majority of NO votes indicates that Hungarians view the issue of immigration not as a question of party performance, but as a national matter.

The referendum regarding quotas has resulted in a participation rate similar to the decisive referendum on whether to join the European Union in 2003 and has shown an even more unequivocal voter determination. In 2003, 84 percent of those casting a valid ballot supported Hungary’s accession to the European Union. Compared to this, based on initial results, roughly 98 percent of those casting a valid vote opposed mandatory quotas.

It is noteworthy that at this referendum it has been possible to mobilize a great majority of the voters expressing a unanimous response to the score of several millions, all this against the daunting pressure of a political climate stirred by opposition forces to encourage voters to abstain, which was not the case at the time of the referendum regarding EU accession, while at this referendum only the government parties urged voters to participate. In contrast, opposition forces have relegated this referendum to be a matter of party politicking, major leftist parties asking voters to abstain, while Jobbik formally urged voters to say „NO”, however, it has not contributed to mobilization efforts at all, instead it has criticized the government parties.

It is worthwhile to highlight that at the time of the 2014 elections one-directional votes in the amount of less than 3 million were adequate to provide the government parties with a two-third majority. At the previous parliamentary elections, the amount of domestic mandate-providing votes supporting Fidesz-KDNP amounted to 2.2 millions.

The result of the referendum therefore cannot remain without proper consequences. During the forthcoming weeks, first and foremost in the Hungarian Parliament, then later during the ensuing months at the European elections, the decision by the Hungarians can have repercussions concerning the refusal of mandatory quotas. Therefore it is worthwhile to consider the successful Hungarian referendum as part of a European renewal process: one of the key topics at the forthcoming Austrian, Dutch, French and German elections will be the shaping of current immigration policies and the relationship of these nations vis-a-vis the European Union. For this reason, there can be protracted domestic and foreign policy debates expected along these two topics, within which the proportion of „NO” votes casted at the referendum will carry extraordinary significance.

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