Péter Jakab was re-elected as leader of the opposition Jobbik party at a party conference on Saturday, the party said in a statement. Jobbik’s press office said Jakab received 71.4 percent of the votes, while his opponent, János Stummer, got 27.8 percent. Of the 245 ballots cast, 243 were valid, the statement said.
Delegates at the conference are also scheduled to elect deputy party leaders on Saturday.
Péter Jakab has been outdone in the unpopularity stakes only by Ferenc Gyurcsány, the former Socialist prime minister who now leads the Democratic Coalition, according to a fresh survey by the Nézőpont Institute.
Only 23 percent of active voters thought Jakab should fill a top post, the survey published on Saturday found.
Asked the same question about Gyurcsány, only 10 percent would entrust him with a position of responsibility.
Nézőpont said that Jobbik’s support base had also waned since the election four years ago, when 20 percent of voters backed the party.
Now, Jobbik would only capture 3 percent of voters in an election held this Sunday,
Meanwhile, Péter Márki-Zay, the former prime ministerial candidate of the united opposition who is the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely, and Anna Donáth, the leader of Momentum, each captured 24 percent of active voters in Nézőpont’s poll, though 70 percent would not entrust Marki-Zay with a position of authority, while 42 percent responded the same way when it came to Donáth — whose name recognition is low, with 27 percent of active voters unsure who she was.
Among left-wing leaders, Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, who is giving up his position as leader of the Párbeszéd party, is the most popular (32 percent).
Nézőpont conducted its representative survey of 1,000 adults by phone from April 25 to 27.