The marketing communications group of companies stressed that, according to their representative survey, 40 percent of both Hungarian and American voters think Republican Donald Trump will win over Democrat Joe Biden.
The research also revealed that 48 percent of the American respondents and 60 percent of the Hungarian respondents typically make their choices on the basis of the candidate's ideology. However, in America, the proportion of those who make decisions based on who the candidate is, is twice as high.
It was pointed out that in the United States, nine percent of the voters consider the candidate's party more important than the person him/herself or his/her ideology, while 14 percent of the Hungarian population think the same way.
According to the survey, almost everyone in Hungary knows that Trump is the incumbent President, but only one-third of the respondents could name Joe Biden as his opponent.
One-tenth of the Hungarian population is uncertain about the President's name, and some of them still think of Barack Obama as the current head of the United States, they added.
The Lounge Group also pointed out that Americans consider the coronavirus pandemic to be the most important public problem, followed by job creation and the restoration of order. They stressed that U.S. respondents ranked ensuring the country’s economic stability even more important than maintaining their health in resolving the pandemic.
In contrast, the Hungarian population is most concerned about their family and their own health in connection with the pandemic, they added.
According to Zsófia Szabó, head of the Lounge Group Research Division, this difference may be due to the fact that in the United States – in contrast to Hungary – healthcare is not provided on a universal basis. Many people can only finance it from their earnings - hence by keeping their jobs.
The survey was conducted in the United States between 5 and 7 September 2020, involving 2,000 respondents, while the Hungarian survey was conducted by Századvég Foundation in early October 2020 with the involvement of 500 respondents online.