EU Poll: Hungarians Least Trustful of State Media

  • 23 Nov 2023 5:36 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
EU Poll: Hungarians Least Trustful of State Media
Mistrust of state media is higher in Hungary than in any other EU country, according to an opinion poll conducted by Eurobarometer.

Only 25% of Hungarians trust public service television and radio as news sources, well below the EU average of 48%. Instead, they mostly get news and information from social media, including blogs and podcasts.

Poland, at 26%, is the only other member state in which fewer than one third of people trust in the state news service providers.

Trust in state media is highest in Finland at 71%, followed by 65% in Portugal and 63% in Sweden.

Among social media platforms, Facebook is by far the most popular in Hungary, where 83% of respondents claimed that they used it in the past seven days.

Nearly 60% of Hungarians who get news from the state media are Fidesz supporters. RTL’s typically anti-government newscasts are watched by 65% of undecided voters and 63% of opposition supporters.

A majority of Hungarians, 61%, learn about daily events from TV, 48% from news websites, and 56% from social media platforms.

The popularity of the print media is below the EU average, as it is the source of news for only 11% of Hungarians.

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