Incumbent Budapest Mayor István Tarlós maintains his lead days ahead of Sunday’s local elections, holding 53 percent of the vote among decided voters, while joint opposition candidate Gergely Karácsony stands at 40 percent and independent Robert Puzsér at 7 percent, the Nézőpont Institute said on Monday.
Among all Budapest voters, Tarlós has 49, Karácsony 29 and Puzsér 7 percent of the vote, the pollster said.
Nezopont conducted the poll by phone between October 3 and 6, on a sample of 500 people.
Fully 67 percent expect Tarlós to win the election, while 18 percent puts Karácsony and 1 percent Puzsér in first place, Nézőpont said.
Regarding an audio recording in which Karácsony can be heard talking about threats made against his family and clashes he has had with other opposition politicians, which was leaked to the media in September, 44 percent of respondents said it can be probably linked to the candidate’s fellow party members. Thirty-three percent of those asked said that Karácsony should resign from his candidacy, while 57 percent said he should continue his bid for Budapest mayor.