Referendum - Majority of voters satisfied with outcome, survey finds
The majority of Hungarian voters are satisfied with the result of the Oct. 2 migrant quota referendum and support amending the constitution, according to a survey by pollster Szazadveg released on Wednesday.
Fully 54 percent of the survey's respondents said they were satisfied with Sunday's result and altogether 68 percent said they agreed with the prime minister's proposal to amend Hungary's constitution.
Szazadveg found that 29 percent of voters were not satisfied with the outcome of the referendum while 15 percent had mixed feelings about it.
Altogether 71 percent said the European Union should consider the will of Hungarian voters on the subject of mandatory migrant quotas while 23 percent said it does not have to.
Among those who voted on Sunday, 81 percent said Brussels has to take the opinion of Hungarian voters into account compared with 12 percent who said it does not.
Sixty eight percent of respondents said they expect the government to pass a law or amend the constitution to reflect the outcome of the referendum. Fully 17 percent said the government does not have to take any action over the result, while 7 percent said it should simply accept the European Commission's mandatory quota scheme.
No less than 92 percent of Fidesz supporters backed the idea of a constitutional amendment, as did 93 percent of the supporters of radical nationalist Jobbik. Most of the supporters of the opposition Socialists, the Democratic Coalition, LMP and Egyutt opposed the passage of any kind of legislation to reflect the result of the referendum, while 10-15 percent supported it. Altogether 60 percent of self-declared centrists supported a constitutional amendment, as did 56 percent of undecided voters.
Respondents who backed accepting migrant quotas were predominantly left-wing voters: 40 percent of Egyutt, 24 percent of LMP and 15 percent of the Democratic Coalition's supporters said Hungary should accept the scheme.
Szazadveg also found that only left-wing voters had considered boycotting the referendum. Among the total sample, however, 79 percent opposed the idea of boycotting a vote in general compared with 14 percent who supported it.