Jobbik Attracting Young People

photo: Nagy David

John Nadler writes in Time that young Hungarian, dissatisfied with ruling Fidesz, are becoming more and more active protesting and demanding change. Surprisingly, a lot of young people are attracted to extreme right-wing, anti-Roma Jobbik.

According to research of the think tank Demos and Hungary’s Political Capital Institute done on the group of Jobbik’s FB fans 36% of them were students, 22% held university degrees and 6% had postgraduate or professional degrees.

Experts find reasons for such a big support for Jobbik mainly in its good marketing campaign, involving modern technology, social media and Internet in general as well as use of rhetoric appealing to young people. Resentment towards Roma population, especially in the times of economic crisis, also plays a big role.

photo: Nagy David

More about Jobbik’s supporters here.