Three weeks ahead of the October 13 local elections, incumbent Budapest mayor Istvan Tarlós has the support of 53 percent of decided voters, followed by joint opposition candidate Gergely Karácsony with 40 percent and independent Róbert Puzsér with 7 percent, the Nézőpont Institute told MTI on Monday.
Among all Budapest voters, Tarlós, of ruling Fidesz, has 43 percent of the vote, Karácsony 29 percent and Puzsér 6 percent, the pollster said.
Independent candidate Krisztián Berki has one percent among all voters and polls below one percent among decided voters, it said. (Read more HERE: Hungarian celebrity known for ironing his testicles wants to become mayor of Budapest)
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While in early September, 60 percent of voters thought Tarlós would be re-elected, by mid-September that number grew to 64 percent, Nézőpont said.
Fully 43 percent of opposition voters also think it likely that Tarlós will win, the pollster said.
Nézőpont also asked respondents whether they saw the candidates as fit to serve as the city’s mayor. Fully 57 percent saw Tarlós competent for the post, and 35 percent said the same of Karácsony, 10 percent of Puzsér and 2 percent of Berki, the pollster said.
The survey was conducted by phone on a representative sample of 1,000 people between September 11 and 21.
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