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2020-06-03

30 years on – Public opinion on the regime change in Hungary

The aim of this research was to explore the views of the Hungarian society about the regime change of 1989-1990 after 30 years.
30 years on – Public opinion on the regime change in Hungary

The aim of this joint research of Policy Solutions and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung was to explore the views of the Hungarian society about the regime change of 1989-1990 after 30 years. Building on our empirical results, lessons can be drawn not only about the society’s assessment of the Kádár-regime 30 years on, but also about which hopes related to the regime transition were fulfilled and which ones were not, how Hungarians see different historical periods (Kádár regime, 1990-2010, Orbán-regime after 2010) through the lens of the financial situation of their families, and under which Hungarian governments was Hungarian democracy in the best condition.

The research is based on an opinion poll conducted by Závecz Research. Just before the coronavirus pandemic, 1000 people – representing the whole adult population of Hungary by age, gender, type of settlement and education – were interviewed personally between 3 and 13 March 2020.

The English summary of the research can be downloaded from here.

Authors: András Bíró-Nagy - Gergely Laki 



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Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research. 

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