Social acceptance of LGBTQI people has not decreased significantly in Hungary, research reveals

February 01. 2023. – 10:17 AM



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According to a public opinion poll conducted in Hungary by Medián Public Opinion and Market Research Institute on behalf of Háttér Társaság, social acceptance of LGBTQI people has not decreased significantly among Hungarians, and the majority of people believe that same-sex couples can be good parents.

Almost half of the respondents said that they have LGBTQI acquaintances, while in 2018 this was true for only one in five people, a summary by states. Háttér Társaság believes that this is an indication that more and more people perceive it safe to come out, and they are less afraid of rejection from family, friends or even colleagues.

According to the survey, nearly three-quarters of society (72%) believe that transgender people should be allowed to officially change their gender and name on their documents.

A majority of respondents also supported same-sex parenthood. 56 percent of respondents agreed that "same-sex couples should also be allowed to adopt children". 66 percent of those surveyed believe that same-sex couples could be good parents, while 71 percent rejected the claim that gays and lesbians would corrupt children.

Half of the respondents also agreed that "it is right that young people aged 14 to 18 should be exposed to homosexuality in the school curriculum".

In 2021, 55 percent, and in the current survey even more, 60 percent, opposed censorship of LGBTQI people on TV.

62 per cent of respondents agreed that the state has a responsibility in tackling discrimination against LGBTQI people.

"Our research also confirmed that the government's homophobic and transphobic propaganda of the past year and a half has not substantially worsened acceptance. Lying and hate-based policies have no social majority," Luca Dudits, spokesperson of Háttér Társaság said, commenting on the results of the research.

Medián Public Opinion and Market Research Institute conducted the opinion poll between 9 and 15 December 2022, with a national representative sample of 1,000 people, by telephone. Those who did not respond or were unable to answer a question were excluded.