Budapest (MTI) – The ruling Fidesz party and its allied Christian Democrats were up in polling in the past three months while the opposition Socialists have never been so low, Tarki’s latest poll results from October showed. In October, 43 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by Nezopont supported Prime Minister Viktor Orban, up from 28 percent in April.
Fidesz increased its support from 22 percent in July to 28 percent in October among the whole sample, Tarki said in a poll sent to MTI on Wednesday. The radical nationalist Jobbik party had 13 percent in July and 12 percent in October.
The opposition Socialists lost support from 11 percent in July to 7 percent in October. The opposition LMP stood on 2 percent in both months, DK had 4 percent in July and 3 percent in october and Egyutt and opposition Dialogue for Hungary (PM) had 1 percent each both times, the poll said.
The percentage of voters who are uncertain or would not respond remained at 45 percent, Tarki said.
Among voters who had a clear preference Fidesz’s support rose from 39 percent to 51 percent from July to October. The Socialists lost support from 19 to 14 percent and Jobbik had 24 percent in July and 23 percent in October. DK’s support fell from 8 percent to 6 percent, LMP had 4 percent both times and Egyutt’s support fell from 2 percent in the summer to 1 percent in October while PM stood on 1 percent both times, the poll said.
Tarki conducted its poll on October 16 to 23 on a sample of 1,003 adults.
Orban’s popularity up in Nezopont poll
In its report, sent to MTI on Wednesday, Nezopont said that increased support for the prime minister was rooted in the “stable national consensus” over the migration crisis as well as his having no rival among leaders of the political parties.
As for the other parties, 7 percent of respondents in the October poll said they would prefer radical nationalist Jobbik leader Gabor Vona to be prime minister, down from 13 percent in April.
Leftist Democratic Coalition head Ferenc Gyurcsany was also preferred by 7 percent in October, down from 10 percent in April.
In the October poll, 3 percent of the sample considered Dialogue for Hungary leader Gergely Karacsony as a desirable candidate for prime minister, while Socialist leader Jozsef Tobias, Egyutt’s Viktor Szigetvari and LMP’s Andras Schiffer were supported by one percent each.
Thirty-five percent of the respondents had no answer to the question who they would want to see as prime minister.
Across the whole sample, the poll indicated a 34 percent support for the ruling parties, unchanged from September. Support for the other parties was virtually unchanged, with the exception of Jobbik, whose support decreased by 5 percentage points to 12 percent from September.
Among decided voters, the ruling parties had a 45 percent support in October, followed by Jobbik with 22 percent, the Socialist Party with 10 percent, Democratic Coalition with 9 percent, LMP 5 percent, Egyutt 2 percent, and Dialogue for Hungary and the Liberal Party with one percent each.
Nezopont conducted its survey between October 17 and 21, on a representative sample of 1,000 adults.