More than two-thirds of Hungarians oppose further financing of Ukraine until Brussels pays up

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian 10th Mountain Assault Brigade "Edelweiss," a Ukrainian soldier holds an anti-drone gun near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023. (Shandyba Mykyta, Ukrainian 10th Mountain Assault Brigade "Edelweiss" via AP)
By Dénes Albert
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More than two-thirds of Hungarians do not agree with the European Union providing additional financial support to Ukraine until Hungary has received withheld EU funds in full, the latest polling has revealed.

According to a survey from the Nézőpont Institute, 69 percent of respondents opposed the plans from Brussels to cough up another €50 billion for the Ukrainian war effort.

In contrast, just 22 percent agreed with the plan.

Unsurprisingly, 94 percent of pro-government voters opposed the proposals; however, left-wing voters were also divided on the issue, with 38 percent agreeing with the Hungarian government’s position to oppose further funding and 45 percent calling for Budapest to do as it’s told.

More people in all major social groups oppose Ukraine’s funding, including those in the capital (46 percent) and those with higher education (52 percent).

Almost three-quarters of Hungarians (74 percent) disagreed with the idea that EU member states should give an additional €20 billion to arm Ukraine, and just under a fifth (19 percent) agreed with the proposal.

The Hungarian government’s pro-peace stance is supported not only by its own voters (95 percent) but also by a relative majority of left-leaning voters (48 percent), compared to a minority of left-wingers (41 percent) who agree with the Brussels proposal.

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