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Two-thirds of survey respondents interviewed after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced new family assistance measures approved of them, according to the Nézőpont Institute. Fully 63% of 541 people survey expressed satisfaction with the planned measures, Nézőpont said. Also 40% of people identifying with the opposition backed them. Nézőpont also said that the government’s anti-migration stance was met with “a consensus at least as broad”, with 64% of the respondents against the European Union “revisiting mandatory migrant quotas” after the upcoming European parliamentary elections.
In a survey of 500 people conducted by the Századvég Foundation, 73% of respondents expressed a favourable opinion of the prime minister’s state-of-the-nation address, as well as the family assistance measures he outlined in the speech. Fully 57% expressed a favourable view of the speech and 16% were somewhat positive, whereas only 19% were negative, according to the survey.
Among the seven new family benefits, a three-year programme to expand crèche places drew the largest support, with 94% of respondents approving of the measure.
Fully 92% welcomed the expansion of the preferential loan for family home purchases (csok), while 88 % supported payments to grandparents who help with child care. Eighty-seven percent welcomed support for large families making mortgage repayments.
Altogether 84% of respondents approved of the planned preferential loan of 10 million forints (EUR 31,500) for newly-weds. Fully 78% approved of personal income tax exemptions for women who raise at least four children and 77% backed a subsidy for large families purchasing a bigger vehicle.
Fully 93% approved of the prime minister’s message that support for Hungarian families raising children was the best response to population decline as opposed to migration. Also, 60% agreed with the proposition that the upcoming European parliamentary elections would decide whether or not the pro-immigration policies of Brussels could be stopped.