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SURVEY - VAST MAJORITY SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT'S FAMILY POLICY

 

 

The government’s recent family policy measures were backed by 79% of respondents in a recent Nézőpont survey, with the rate of support exceeding 50% even among opposition voters. The results of the survey were conducted on a representative sample of 1,000 adults. The idea of putting families into the centre of government support was backed by 97% of ruling Fidesz voters, 67% of Jobbik supporters, 60% of Socialist and Democratic Coalition voters and 61% of pro-LMP respondents. Eighty-five% of those asked considered it important for families to have a home of their own. The rate was even higher (87%) among under-29 respondents, among whom the share of home-owners is merely 35%. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a plan for new family assistance measures in February, envisaging preferential loans for family home purchases (csok) and newly-weds, personal income tax exemptions for women who raise at least four children, support for large families making mortgage repayments, a three-year programme to expand crèche places, a subsidy for large families purchasing a bigger car.