This study provides a “worm’s eye view” of changes in legal and civic culture in Hungary between 2010 and 2018. Its focus is on how the population’s conceptualisation of themselves and their relationship to their civic and legal cultures have changed during these eight years of Fidesz’s rule. It is hoped that the empirical results of this study will provide a complementary and nuanced picture of the situation offered by the EU’s 2019 Rule of Law Report, which focused on legislative changes and conflicts of interest. Moreover, the study’s results provide the basis for further comparative studies of illiberal democracies in the region.