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More than two-thirds of Hungarians likely to vote in EP elections

Fully 70 percent of Hungarians say they are likely to vote in the June European Parliament elections, according to a fresh Eurobarometer survey.

Altogether 65 percent of Hungarians say they are interested in voting on June 9, which is 15 percent more than those who said so ahead of the 2019 elections, the survey found.

A total of 46 percent of Hungarian respondents said they had a positive view of the EP as against 39 percent who said they had a neutral view and 14 percent who were negative.

Altogether 56 percent said they wanted the EP to play a bigger role, while 9 percent said they wanted to keep the legislative body’s role as it is now, and 32 percent said they want it to play a less important role.

Asked about their priorities ahead of the ballot, most Hungarians (39 percent) cited public health as the most important issue, followed by job creation (38 percent) and the future of the EU (35 percent).

When it comes to areas the EU should focus on in order to reinforce its position in the world, 40 percent chose energy independence and infrastructure as the most important area. This is followed by defence and security (34 percent), competitiveness, economy and industry (33 percent) and food security and agriculture (31 percent).

Meanwhile, 77 percent said the EU had an impact on their daily life compared with 23 percent who said it didn’t. Concerning the benefits of EU membership, 77 percent said Hungary has on balance benefited from being a member of the bloc, which is 6 percentage points higher than the EU average.

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