National Consultation - one of the most democratic tools in the world to enforce the will of the electorate
The left was never curious about the opinion of the electorate, they just focused on the campaign, lied to a running tree there, and then for 4 years they did whatever they wanted: privatized, indebted, fired and betrayed.
In contrast, the National Government surveys the views of voters on key issues for the country, not just every four years, but on average annually. This will be the case this year as well. Let's look at the results of previous National Consultations:
🇭🇺2010: National Consultation on Pensions (200,000 responses received, received only by pensioners)
🇭🇺2011: National consultation on the new Basic Law (920,000 responses received)
🇭🇺2011: Social Consultation (1,143,308 responses received)
🇭🇺2012: Economic Consultation (674,176 responses received)
🇭🇺2015: National Consultation on Immigration (1,254,000 responses received)
🇭🇺2017: Let's stop Brussels! (1,680,933 responses returned)
🇭🇺2017: National Consultation on the Soros Plan (2,332,755 responses returned)
🇭🇺2018: National Consultation on the Protection of Families (1,382,000 responses received)
🇭🇺2020: National Consultation on Coronavirus and Economic Restart: WE START THE LINE! Show that, despite the left-handed questionnaire theft, the current Consultation will be at least as successful as the average so far (we will need about 1,200,000 returned sheets!)
National Consultation: the government has been asking people about this for the last ten years
The Orbán government, unlike the left-wing governments, regularly seeks the opinion of Hungarians on important social issues. The Cabinet has published the questions of the Ninth National Consultation, the questionnaires have already arrived in the mailboxes of several settlements. In connection with this, Origo gathered on what important issues the government had asked Hungarians in recent years.
We Hungarians decided in 2010 to discuss all important issues with each other before making decisions.
- This is how Viktor Orbán defined the essence of the national consultation a few years ago. It became clear from the Prime Minister's words that the civilian government, unlike the left, wanted to govern Hungary together with the people, asking for their opinion. The National Consultation, which has proved its worth over the last 10 years, has been unprecedented, with a wealth of views. This is shown by the fact that the government is now asking people for the ninth time.
The institution, which grew out of the National Consultative Board and the 2005 consultation series, was introduced by the government immediately after the change of government. In September 2010, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that he would send a letter to all retirees asking them to share their concerns with them in a response and write what they thought would be the most important thing the government should do in the current situation in the country. Questionnaires on pensions and benefits were sent to 1.7 million households in December 2010, representing more than 2.8 million pensioners. According to the Prime Minister, about 200,000 responses were received by the October 1 deadline for the end of the consultation.
A year later, in 2011, the Hungarian government asked people about the Basic Law. The twelve - question questionnaire asked citizens, inter alia, to:
whether the new constitution also only declares civil rights or obligations;
whether it limits the indebtedness of the state;
protect common values such as family, work, home, order and health.
The questionnaire was returned to 920,000 people. 91 percent of them were in favor of the Basic Law talking about civic obligations in addition to rights. There was also an open part of the questionnaire, where it was possible to describe what values and principles should be included in the Basic Law. Among the most common words were Christianity, holy, and government.
In 2011, the government was also curious about people’s views on another topic. The “Social Consultation” questionnaire included ten questions, including for the elderly, foreign currency borrowers, utilities, and education grants. A total of 1,143,308 people answered the questions. Eighty-one percent of respondents asked the state to limit the private interests of utilities, which could be seen as a precursor to overhead cuts. The outcome of the Social Consultation has since served as a basis for a number of government measures.
In 2012, the government sent a questionnaire called "Economic Consultation" to Hungarian households. Sixteen questions were raised concerning economies, including the possibility of flat-rate taxation for Hungarian companies with less than 20 employees, and the exemption from taxes and contributions on the wages of people of retirement age who were still working. Citizens were also able to comment on fair public burden-sharing, the minimum wage, support for young people's employment, making VAT rules more sensitive, and whether lower-income earners receive the cafeteria benefit in cash. Finally, 674,176 responses were received.
With the migration crisis, a new social problem emerged at Hungary's borders. In 2015, the government also asked people about this in a questionnaire on "Immigration and Terrorism", which also included questions about the European Union.
This national consultation played an important role in the development of a consistent Hungarian immigration policy.
The final result showed that respondents thought similarly about the 12 questions: the rate of negative responses was minimal. Thus, those who returned the consultation questionnaire were clearly in favor of stricter regulation, thus stopping illegal border crossings. It is no coincidence that the consultation also contributed to the construction of a temporary border lock and the introduction of legal austerity by the government.
According to official figures, 1,254 sheets were returned to the government, and nearly 58,000 expressed their views electronically.
Two years later, in 2017, "Let's Stop Brussels!" Citizens were able to express their views on the activities of the EU elite in a questionnaire called In addition to the traditional postal form, the consultation could also be completed via the Internet. A total of six questions were asked about national independence: the retention of overhead and job creation support, the admission of migrants, free access to tax cuts, and the transparency of international organizations and paid activist groups.
A total of 1,680,933 citizens completed the consultation questionnaire, 94 percent of whom returned the questionnaires by mail. In the days following the deadline, a further 7111 questionnaires were returned by post.
It is important to stress that 99 per cent of respondents agreed with the government’s position - on all issues.
In 2017, this was not the only time when the Hungarian government was curious about people's opinions. The government has launched a consultation on the Soros Plan in the context of immigration. As it stands, this has been the most successful consultation ever. According to the final data from the post office, 2 332 755 questionnaires were returned by the deadline, of which 2 154 264 were in printed form and a further 178 491 were completed on the internet. As the summary of the received answers revealed, 2.3 million respondents, ie the Hungarians, practically unanimously rejected the Soros plan.
The Hungarian government continued to turn to the citizens in 2018, asking ten questions, and the topic was the protection of families. In addition to questions about support goals, they were also asked whether family support laws should receive two-thirds protection and whether the child has a right to a mother and father. The questionnaire also asked about the introduction of the institution of true full-time motherhood.
According to official data, a total of 1,382,000 people responded to the government, and based on the end result, the Hungarian people gave a great authority to expand the family support system. For example, 99.18 percent of respondents answered yes to the question “population decline should not be remedied by immigration but by stronger support for families”.
The government announced in February that it would launch another National Consultation, but the coronavirus epidemic has made defense a priority. After the first phase of the defense is over, it is possible to ask people again. The ninth National Consultation focused on the epidemic and its economic consequences, but there is also a question about the second Soros plan and Hungarian immigration policy.
The government was curious about:
In the event of another wave of the epidemic, which of the following measures would you support? (There are nine measures to choose from, but more can be marked, such as the introduction of curfews, distancing, masking, closing borders, closing educational institutions, switching to digital education, restricting events, maintaining a separate shopping lane for those over 65, export restrictions, free parking)
Do you agree that epidemiological preparedness should be maintained in health care as long as there is a risk of a recurrence of the epidemic?
Do you think there is a need to further strengthen the epidemiological protection of nursing homes?
Do you agree that the government should strive to produce defense equipment in Hungary, thus reducing our vulnerability?
Do you agree that the internet should be free for families and teachers raising school children during the epidemic?
In order to detect the epidemic in time and prepare for the defense, do you think that there is a need for a permanent epidemiological monitoring service in Hungary, thus reducing our vulnerability?
Do you think that banks and multinationals should also contribute to the costs of control during the epidemic?
Do you agree that the purchase of domestic products and services should be encouraged and domestic tourism should be promoted?
Do you think the government should maintain job protection and job creation programs even after the epidemic?
Do you reject the plan of György Soros, which would indebted Hungary for an unpredictable period of time?
Do you think Hungary should protect Hungarian companies from foreign acquisitions for hostile purposes?
Do you agree that the government should continue to take action against immigration and maintain strict protection of the Hungarian border?
Do you agree that the Hungarian Government should stick to the rules banning immigration at the cost of an open conflict with Brussels?
According to the information available on the official website of the Cabinet, the questionnaires must be returned by 15 August.