Hungary was placed fifth of 33 countries on a “radicalism” index that found Turkey to be the most “radical” nation and Iceland the least.
Political Capital said sympathy with far-right ideas and politics among the over 15s rose from 10% to 21% in Hungary from 2002-09; “a practically unprecedented rise by international standards”.
The defining elements of this process included a loss of trust in democratic institutions, a marked increase in prejudice, and a slight rise in fear and pessimism.
According to a Tárki survey question on “Gypsy crime”, 79% of Jobbik supporters partly or fully agreed with the statement that “crime is in the blood of Roma people”.
The corresponding share was lowest among LMP voters, with 49%, while 60% of Fidesz voters agreed with the statement, and 61% of Socialists. Some 63% of Hungarians view the “Roma inclination to commit crime” as genetically pre-determined, Tárki found.
Around two-thirds of the respondents to the survey would not allow their children to befriend a Roma child. Jobbik voters scored highest on this question and LMP voters lowest, with 35% rejecting the idea of their offspring mixing with Roma peers.
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