Budapest, September 21 (MTI) – Fidesz has raised its supporter numbers to 1.9 million over the summer, while radical nationalist Jobbik party had 1.1 million and the Socialists 800,000 supporters, the latest poll by Ipsos showed.
Fidesz’s support was up from 20 percent in June to 24 percent in September, the poll published on Monday showed. Jobbik’s supporters fell from 15 percent to 14 percent while the opposition Socialists raised their camp from 9 percent to 10 percent in the same period, on the whole sample.
The leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) and opposition LMP party are neck-in-neck at 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively, in September. Each party had about a quarter of a million supporters, Ipsos said. Egyutt for the first time raised its level of support to 2 percent, from the 1 percent gauged in every poll since the party’s formation, it added.
The proportion of voters who kept all parties at arm’s length fell from 44 percent to 38 percent from June to September, Ipsos said. Still, 3 million people said they did not have a preferred party.
Among decided voters with a firm party affiliation, Fidesz was in the lead on 41 percent, against Jobbik’s 26 percent of support. Support for the Socialists stood at 17 percent, for DK at 7 percent, LMP 5 percent and Egyutt 1 percent, in this voter group.
Ipsos attributed Fidesz’s success over the summer to re-animating about 300,000 voters who were earlier in apathy. The new supporters are in the 30-40 age group, the pollster said. In this age group support for Fidesz grew from 17 percent in June to 31 percent in September. It also increased its voter base among people with medium or higher levels of education and in cities outside Budapest. But Jobbik remains to be more popular in the under-30 population with 27 percent against Fidesz’s 16 percent support rate.
Fidesz also leads the list of most rejected parties with 23 percent, followed by the Socialists with 17 percent and Jobbik with 13 percent, the poll said.