István Tarlós, the incumbent mayor of Budapest, remains comfortably ahead of his main rival in a poll by Századvég in advance of the Oct. 13 local election.
The majority of Budapest residents see Tarlós as being more capable of managing the city in all key areas, while the left-wing candidate, Gergely Karácsony, is regarded as an inexperienced political chancer.
According to Századvég, three-quarters of the capital’s electorate expect Tarlós to win the Sunday election. Even a majority of left-wing voters do not see Karácsony’s chances as being high.
“This has a demoralising effect on left-liberal voters,” the think-tank said.
Among decided voters, Tarlós had the support of 51 percent of the voters while Karácsony had the backing of 43 percent of Századvég’s respondents. Self-publicists Róbert Puzsér and Krisztián Berki were on 5 percent and 1 percent respectively, the pollster added.