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Survey: Only Fidesz voters remain optimistic

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More than half of Hungarians are pessimistic about the outlook of the country, a survey published yesterday by research institute TÁRKI revealed, based on data compiled in January of this year. This sentiment represents a sharp decline from January 2014 when 31% of survey respondents said they were optimistic about the future and only 36% said they were pessimistic. 

The number of optimists fell to 13% in only one year and the number of pessimists has risen to 57%, while the number of those with neutral feelings about the countryʼs outlook fell from 33% last year to 30% this year.

Data published by TÁRKI shows that the more educated segments of the population tend to have a more positive outlook about the future (16%) while 62% of respondents without a high school education are pessimistic and only 10% are optimistic. Inhabitants of the more developed western and central regions of Hungary are more optimistic than those living in the poorer northeastern and southwestern regions of the country.

According to the report, MSZP and Jobbik voters are the most pessimistic at 82% and 72% respectively, while only 20% of Fidesz voters are pessimistic and 36% are optimistic, more than all other voters combined. Of the large group of indecisive voters surveyed, 60% were pessimistic and only 4% were optimistic. 

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