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19th October, 2018

Low turnout expected at EP elections

Some 31% of EU citizens said they will definitely vote in the European Parliament elections next May when polled by Eurobarometer. This figure was only 28% for Hungarians, 32% of whom said they will definitely not vote.

Germans are the most enthusiastic voters as 65% of them will cast their vote, ahead of Swedes on 59% and the Dutch on 55%. Portugal polled lowest, with only 12% planning to turn out.

At the last EP elections in 2014 the average turnout was 43%.

The popularity of the EU was also examined in the survey. On average 62% of EU citizens maintain that membership is good, while 60% of Hungarians believe so, a considerable rise from earlier polls.

Half of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the EU.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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