March 11th, 2009

All Hungarian politicians have negative ratings in new poll

Szonda Ipsos’s latest political beauty contest awards top prizes to Hungary’s president, its house speaker, the main opposition leader and the head of a small conservative opposition party whose parliamentary group has just disintegrated, Nepszabadsag daily said on Tuesday.

All Hungary’s politicians, including President Laszlo Solyom, have negative ratings, according to the poll conducted between February 17 and 24 with a representative sample of 1,500 adults.

Katalin Szili, the hard-left Socialist parliamentary speaker who is angling to become the mayor of Pecs, a town in south Hungary, is the most popular — or rather least unpopular — professional politician while Viktor Orban, the leader of right-of-centre Fidesz, follows her, according to Szonda Ipsos. Ibolya David, leader of the Democratic Forum, who is battling for her political life, is fourth on the list.

These results, as generally the case, bear only a glancing resemblance to the parties’ standings. Fidesz towers above all the other parties and none other than the Socialists would have a chance of getting seats in parliament based on current polls.

In fifth and sixth place stand Kinga Goncz, the foreign minister and Jozsef Graf, the farm minister neither of whom are strongly associated with their party, the minority governing Socialists.

Trailing near the bottom of the list are the embattled prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, his finance minister, Janos Veres and the justice minister, Tibor Draskovics.

Liberal watchers will notice that Janos Koka, the parliamentary leader of the Free Democrats and Gabor Fodor, the party’s leader, are polls apart: Koka languishes at the bottom of the list while Fodor is in mid-field.

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  • weaverbird

    It is a self-evident truth that Hungary has become a sick nation in every aspect of its culture.
    Bribery, corruption, poor administration, low self-esteem, all contribute to the appalling mess the country is now in.
    Hungary has had twenty years to adjust in the post-communist era but has held on grimly to all the bad practices bestowed on it by its former rulers.
    The young leave the country en-masse (100,000) in search of better- paid work abroad.
    This leaves a vacuum for any real change to take place.
    Instead, the country is ruled by incompetents who have neither the skill, nor the will, to lift the nation out of the ever-deepening black hole!
    Reform: Where are the plans? And where is the determination to bring together a nation that has already been “butchered” by Gyurcsany and his hapless government.
    Fidesz will need a miracle to put ‘Humpty Dumpty’ back together again.
    The rural economy doesn’t exist – villages are disintegrating…the government borrows from every available source to prop- up its incompetent strategies.
    GDP and other such economical statistics are so grim they hardly need mentioning.
    And so on, ad infinitum!

  • Farkas László

    Hello weaverbird,
    I liked your post; you tell it like it is. Don’t be a stranger around here!

  • weaverbird

    Thank you, Mr Farkas.
    Many of us have the same views on the current political situation in Hungary. It is so bad that we have to stop the petty bickering and all work together to try and improve things. Many commentators have spelt out in some detail what is wrong. The prognosis. Now the remedy?!

  • Farkas László

    Hello Weaverbird!
    The remedy? Both a most excellent question and at the same time, a most terrible question, because we are not physicians and we can’t give the “patient” the “medicine” that we would prescribe. None of us has the power to impose a course of “treatment” upon this individual; indeed the patient might refuse all treatment and instead decide to self-destruct. We wouldn’t be able to stop it.
    For now, my suggestion is never to act and think in a way that makes the problem worse. We have to be a positive moral and practical example to our fellow Hungarians who are faltering and losing hope. I know damn well why they have lost hope! The best thing to tell such folks is that our ancestors faced much, much worse conditions in the past. What would Arpad or Hunyadi do, today, if we could bring them back and update them on the current situation? Are they the kind of Magyars that would fold and pee in their pants in the face of present realities? I don’t think so! How about the heroic men and women who defended the fortress of Eger against the Turks, down to last person!? Facing the EU or an economic downturn is worse? Hardly.
    The other thing I can suggest is that we not lose sight of our constructive dreams. The most poignant point in you post was your mention of our “brain drain”. That is a most serious issue for any evolving society; the best and brightest leave. Work on such people while they are here; if they have left, welcome them back. We need them.

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