Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Századvég Foundation has found in a survey that the partisan, interfering politics represented by Hungarian-born American financier George Soros and the organisations he is funding are highly unpopular in Hungary.

The Dec. 10-15 survey with a sample of 1,000 people found that 61% of respondents had a negative opinion of Soros while 14% had a favourable view. The survey highlights a strong correlation between political views and the financier’s opinions: he is unpopular with 81% of those professing right-wing sympathies and 55% of those with centrist political preferences.

Fully 41% of left-wing voters have a positive opinion of him. Breaking down the poll results according to party preferences shows that those with unfavourable views of Soros are in majority in all parties except for leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) and Együtt parties.

A vast majority of Hungarians, 88% of respondents, rejects soft-power politics, where political or economic entities influence the government or the policies of a country through non-governmental organisations, Századvég found. This opinion is unanimous among Hungarian citizens of all political persuasions. Also, a majority views political soft power, when funded from abroad, as an infringement of the country’s sovereignty, the survey found.



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