According to research from the End of the Century Europe project in 2021, covering 30 European countries, the coronavirus remains one of the most important challenges for the continent’s residents, but in the second half of 2021, specific expectations of the government emerged.
A smaller part of the countries, including Hungary, are basically satisfied with both the provision of vaccination and the measures to protect jobs, but in more than half of the continent’s states, the image of a society that is predominantly dissatisfied with the issue of economic mitigation has emerged.
The epidemic is worrying, but not scary
Overall, 82 percent of the European public is concerned about the coronavirus epidemic.
At the top of the list are the southern states: Portugal (92 per cent), Malta (90 per cent) and Spain (89 per cent). Army drivers include some Central and Eastern European countries: Latvia (61 per cent), the Czech Republic (66 per cent) and Slovenia (69 per cent).
As it turned out, Hungary is in the middle of the list in this respect, in the second third: 79 percent of the population is more or less concerned about the coronavirus.
- Of these, 45 percent prefer
- 34 percent say the epidemic is very worrying.
- Also around the European average (7 percent) is the proportion who say fear of the epidemic is excessive.
Thus, anti-virus and virus-skeptical opinions did not play a decisive role in Hungary, however, it cannot be said that there would be a majority of those who are watching the epidemic situation with increased concern. The largest group in Hungary is those who say that although the coronavirus epidemic is worrying, it does not cause them increased fears that overwrite everything else in life. In this, the Hungarian public shows the strongest resemblance to the Danish one
We are happy with the vaccination campaign
In terms of the population’s perception of vaccination, Hungary is in the first third of the list of European states, and even Hungary is the European leader in terms of the proportion of those who are maximally satisfied: 44 percent of those surveyed said they were completely satisfied with the vaccination process.
The rate of full satisfaction with the vaccination process is highest in the other two “success states” of the spring vaccination campaign, the UK and Malta.
According to the survey, a radically different picture emerges in Slovakia and Latvia, where about 60 percent of the population is dissatisfied with the vaccination program in their country.
We are more positive about economic measures
The coronavirus epidemic is not only a health issue for the lives of a significant part of the population, but also jobs at risk, postponed business opportunities and a more precarious livelihood. Moreover, looking at the satisfaction of Europeans, we see that economic development and job protection are the areas where people would expect the most from their governments.
– stands in the analysis.
While only a third of the population in Europe was dissatisfied with vaccination, despite prolonged problems, almost half, and 47 per cent, were dealing with the economic consequences.
Hungary, in the first third of the list, stands out, where the majority of the population (58%) is basically positive about the steps taken to alleviate the economic damage.
and almost a third of those completely satisfied are the highest in Europe.
According to the end-of-century research, the proportion of those who were not satisfied at all at the time of the survey was relatively high at 22 percent, which suggests that the public expects the government to mitigate the negative economic effects of the pandemic.
(Cover image: Zoltán Balogh / MTI)