The overwhelming majority of Hungarians believe in conspiracies

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A representative public opinion survey conducted by Publicus Institute between June 10-15 shows that the majority of Hungarians believe in conspiracies.

One third of those surveyed agree with the statement that the government does not actually run the country, but behind the scene forces do it.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that the world is controlled by a small financial elite, and more than half thinks that the refugee crisis deliberately triggered by American interest groups.

One-third of respondents thinks that George Soros's personal involvement in the refugee crisis is a fact; but only two out of ten respondents think that Russian interest groups are responsible for the migration crisis.

Three out of ten respondents believe that George Soros seeks to overthrow the Orbán government, and every four respondents believe that planes are deliberately spraying chamtrails into our atmosphere.

Only 16 percent of respondents think that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán governs the country; 13 percent believe that global financial interest groups manipulate the government and 12 percent think that local financial interest groups are pulling the strings.

13 percent of Fidesz voters think that global financial interest groups behind the government; 12 percent believe that local interest groups control the government, and 10 percent think the same of EU and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

35 percent of Socialist party voters think that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is in full control; followed by local interest groups (25 percent), and "some Fidesz politicians" (19 percent).

Among Jobbik voters the picture is more balanced; 10-12 percent of respondents ranked the EU, other countries, global interest groups, Viktor Orbán, some Fidesz politician and the Jews that dominate local affairs.

The survey shows that the lower-educated segment of the population, the elderly, Jobbik and Fidesz voters more inclined to believe in conspiracies than the rest of the population (the TV watchers ed.).

Half of those responded the survey (50 percent) agree with the statement that the results of Hungarian elections generally do not reflect reality and serves business interests hiding in the background.

Eight out of ten respondents (78 percent) believe that the problem is that we do not know, which conspiracies are true and which are false (due to the deluge of spin and disinformation on world affairs disseminated by those in control ed.); but even in this confusion 69 percent of respondents think that conspiracy theories always contain some truth.

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