Népszava Hungarians trust the EU rescue package

There is a great deal of anticipation ahead of the EU money intended for post-epidemic recovery in Hungary as well, according to a recent European survey.

Hungarians have high expectations of the European Union’s post-epidemic recovery fund, according to a recent survey commissioned by the European Parliament. The first payments from the € 750 billion financial assistance package could reach Member States in the second half of the year. 72 percent of Europeans hope the economy will get out of trouble sooner thanks to transfers to Brussels. However, Hungarians are even more optimistic: 82 percent expect the country to quickly leave behind all the negative consequences of a pandemic. The survey shows that Europeans tend to view the future of the economy very unfavorably. More than half of the respondents expect a worse situation next year than at present, which can clearly be attributed to the epidemic. The two extremes are Malta and France: in the former, only 21 per cent of the population is pessimistic, in the latter 67 per cent. In contrast, one third of Hungarians are pessimistic.

In terms of personal outlook, the vast majority of our compatriots, 56 percent, believe they will live in the same conditions in a year’s time as they do now. One-fifth predict that his situation will get worse, and 22 percent predict that he will get better. Europeans think roughly similarly about their own financial means. Hungarians are divided in terms of how democracy works in the country. 51 percent are happy with it, 49 percent are not. In contrast, an average of 57 per cent of Europeans rate the democratic performance of their country as good, 41 per cent do not, and the rest answered “I don’t know”. By comparison, 88 per cent of Danish respondents and 82 per cent of Dutch respondents rate the state of democracy in their country as adequate, while at the end of the line, Greeks and Slovenes are ticking with a satisfaction rate of 37 and 32 per cent, respectively. The interviewers were also curious about what citizens think about the workings of the European Union. Hungarians are more satisfied with the EU average in this area: 46 percent of them answered that things are going in the right direction. With this opinion, we are in the middle of the EU27. For example, more than three-quarters of Irish people agree with Brussels policy, while only 22 per cent of Spaniards. The European average is 39 percent. The vast majority of Hungarians, 59 percent, rate EU membership as good, and 77 percent said the country is clearly doing well. On average, 72% of Europeans consider their country to be in the EU. According to our compatriots, the advantage of membership in the European Union is, above all, the fact that new job opportunities can be obtained (46 percent), the country’s economic performance increases (41 percent) and the standard of living rises. Twenty-five percent of Hungarian respondents also call for peace and stability, and 21 percent for deepening cooperation between countries for the benefit of the community. Respondents also commented on the European Parliament. Hungarians and other European citizens share roughly the same views of the EP’s most important tasks, which include the fight against poverty and social inequality, as well as the fight against terrorism and organized crime. However, Hungarian respondents consider guaranteeing food security and ensuring a fair livelihood for farmers to be much more important than their EU colleagues, for them this is the second most important task of the representative body. The poll was conducted between November and December last year. More than 27,000 people over the age of 15 were interviewed in all 27 member states of the European Union, and 1,072 personal interviews were conducted in Hungary.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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