National Consultation on the Fundamental law

The Orbán government mailed the so-called National Consultation regarding the proposed contents of the Fundamental Law to the entire adult population of Hungary in March 2011. A total of 11.3 percent, or 916,941, of the 8.09 million recipients completed and returned the 12 questions in the survey (source in Hungarian). The following is an Orange Files translation of the first three questions of the National Consultation. To see all 12 questions contained in the National Consultation in Hungarian click here.   

 Question 1

 There are those who believe that the new Hungarian constitution should only declare the rights of citizens, not obligations. Others believe that in addition to guaranteeing rights, the most important thing is to provide civil obligations (work, study, national defense, protection of our environment) expressing our responsibility toward the community a place in the document. What do you think? 

1-The new Hungarian constitution should just declare civil rights.

2-The new Hungarian constitution should cover civil obligations in addition to civil rights.

3-I cannot judge the question. 

Question 2

There are those who recommend that the new Hungarian constitution should limit the magnitude of the state’s debt, thus undertaking responsibility for the future generations. Others believe that it is not necessary for the constitution to contain such a guarantee. What do you think? 

1-The new Hungarian constitution should establish a maximum level above which the government debt is not permitted to rise, that is, all future governments must respect this limit under all circumstances. 

2-The new Hungarian constitution should establish a maximum level above which the government debt is not permitted to rise, although it should permit exceptions for governments in the event of economic crises.

3-The new Hungarian constitution should not contain a limit with regard to the government debt. 

4-I cannot judge the question

 Question 3

 There are those who propose that the new Hungarian constitution should protect mutual values such as the family, the home, order, work and health. Others think this is unnecessary. What do you think? 

1-In addition to defending human rights, the new Hungarian constitution should strive to protect mutually accepted social values (work, home, family, order, health).

2-It is not necessary for the new Hungarian constitution to specifically protect the mentioned mutual values. It is enough to protect human rights.

3-I cannot judge the question. 

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