For the first time since joining the EU in 2004, a slight majority of Hungarians has been said to believe that EU membership has more drawbacks than advantages, at least according to a survey published by pollster Tárki. The report sent shockwaves through the national media and political life, prompting articles, numerous editorials and politicians blaming each other. As it turns out it was all for nothing: Tárki’s data was erroneous.
The corrected numbers reveal that nearly a third of Hungarians think European Union membership is good for Hungarians, 22 per cent maintain a negative view and 39 per cent remain neutral. Tárki’s mistake was to accidentally switch the numbers of those having negative and neutral views.
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