|Support of NATO Action remains relatively high in Hungary1999. 04. 08.||[The Gallup Kosovo Page]|
strong concerns about possible spillover effects BUDAPEST,
HUNGARY – The Hungarian public watches events in the neighboring Yugoslavia
very closely. Hungary-assisted air strikes are on the top headlines in news media, the
fate of their fellow Hungarians living in Vojvodina became predominant issue of public
SUPPORT FOR THE AUTONOMY OF KOSOVO The immediate reaction 70 percent support grew to 74 percent as conflict escalated in the previous two weeks, three-quarter of respondents support political autonomy for the Albanians in that province. A year ago, when Kosovo crisis begun in March 1998, the support for autonomy was at 61 percent among Hungarians. 62 percent of those polled agree that Vojvodina should enjoy political autonomy as well. This is a two percent decrease from last survey conducted two weeks ago. SUPPORT FOR NATO BOMBING Two weeks after the bombings have started, 61 percent are in favor, 33 percent oppose the military actions, while 6 percent are undecided. These figures remained virtually unchanged from the last poll.
Two weeks ago we detected wide differences along gender lines: 72% of men, and only 52% of women were fully supportive of the bombings. This gap closes as time goes by: today we measured 67 percent support among men and 57 among women. The scepticism is growing in terms of expected achievement of the political goals of the military action. The day after the bombing started 44 percent of the public expected to gain all the expected results of the air strikes within a month. Today 16 percent have the same opinion. Last time 36 percent could not predict the end of the crisis, right now this is at 41 percent. The ratio of those who say that air strikes will never achieve the political goals of international community rose to 26 percent from the previous 11 percent. CONCERNS ABOUT SPILLOVER EFFECTS There is a decreasing but still considerable fear of possible spillover effects, 45 percent of the public is concerned that the war may spread over to Hungary. This is down from last poll's 54 percent. Methodology
The results are based on 510 telephone interviews with adults in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, 18 years of age and older, conducted on April 8, 1999. A sample of this size is accurate within a 4,8 percentage point margin of error, 19 in 20 times