Poll: 42% of Hungarians say “more losses than benefits” since 1989


In an opinion poll undertaken in the Visegrád Four nations (Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia) by the Central European Opinion Research Group (CEORG) on the past 25 years of history, Hungarian respondents turned in some shocking results, indeed. 

Heading up the anomalies was the 42% of Hungarian respondents opining that there have been “more losses than benefits” since the changes wrought by the collapse of communism in 1989. Just 12% of Hungarians surveyed felt the changes were “definitely beneficial,” well lowest among the participating countries. Another 20% said the benefits and negatives were about equal.

In comparison, some 72% of Polish respondents labeled the governmental switchover as “definitely beneficial” or “rather beneficial.”

The Czech News Agency (ČTK) reckons that “the skepticism of the developments after 1989 [in the four countries] grows along with the falling living standards, income and education and rising age.”

More detailed statistics on Hungarian citizens’ responses have yet to be released by local pollsters Tárki, Hungary’s CEORG representative organization.


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