Central Europeans oppose immigration policies pursued by Brussels but back the Hungarian cabinet in this respect

Seven in ten Central Europeans (74 percent) believe that immigration is disadvantageous for Europe, a poll conducted by Nézőpont Intézet in Hungary and ten other Central European countries reveals. According to a poll, a similar proportion of seven in ten respondents (73 percent) are unsatisfied with the European Union’s managament of illegal border crossings. The survey also makes clear that in Visegrád Group countries, an average of eight in ten respondents (78 percent) are opposed to migratory quotas and on average, close to two times more people support the Hungarian government’s immigration policies (56 percent) than those opposing it (32 percent).

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Governing parties command major lead also in the capital

Fidesz-KDNP is the leading party among committed voters in the Hungarian capital; 45 percent of this group would vote for the governing parties were elections held now, a survey carried out by Nézőpont Intézet has revealed. According to the poll, a fourfold dead heat has effectively developed between MSZP (13 percent), LMP (11 percent) and DK (10 percent), but the Momentum Movement also commands 7 percent support in the capital.

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Hungarians and Germans see each other’s countries positively, though there is disagreement on migration

Those harbouring a positive opinion of the other country form the majority in both countries, according to a survey carried out by Nézőpont Intézet in Germany and Hungary. However, there is a difference in the assessment of the Hungarian cabinet’s migration policy, with two-thirds (67 percent) of Hungarians supporting and the majority (55 percent) of Germans rejecting it. Curiously, the majority in both countries believe that the two states have equally profied of bilateral economic relations over the past ten years.

The poll points out that those harbouring a rather positive opinion of the other country form the majority in both countries. In Germany, the relative majority (48 percent) of respondents formed a positive opinion of Hungary. In the case of Hungary, the 53 percent share of those having a positive opinion of Germany is even more favourable. As opposed to this, 43 percent of Germans formed a negative opinion of Hungary, while less than a third (27 percent) of Hungarians have a rather poor opinion of Germany.

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Growth in support for Viktor Orbán’s reelection bid

47 percent of the total adult population, corresponding to close to 3.9 million people, would support the reelection of Viktor Orbán as Prime Minister of Hungary, a survey carried out by Nézőpont Intézet for the daily newspaper Magyar Idők has found. The poll also points out that three in ten backers of Jobbik would not support Gábor Vona’s election as Prime Minister. Ferenc Gyurcsány is favoured by half (46 percent) of left-wing voters.

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Central Europeans support NATO and the United States but expect more from Trump

Close to six in ten people (56 percent of the population) support NATO in the organization’s Central European member states, a survey carried out by Nézőpont Intézet in Hungary and ten other Central European countries has found. While the United States is judged somewhat more negatively, close to half (48 percent) of respondents nevertheless have a rather positive opinion of the U. S. in the eleven countries covered by the poll. According to the research, the relative majority (43 percent) of Central Europeans would strengthen political ties between their respective countries and the United States, while an even larger share – 57 percent of respondents – support the enhancement of economic relations with the U. S.

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