Budapest, January 26 (MTI) – Nearly two-fifths of Hungarians would vote for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán if a general election were held now, a new poll conducted by the Nézőpont Institute released on Thursday shows.
In the total sample, Orbán was backed by 37 percent of respondents, more than the combined total support for all other potential candidates for prime minister named in the poll.
Gábor Vona, leader of Jobbik, came second with 8 percent, just ahead of the Socialist Party’s László Botka, the current Mayor of Szeged, who was backed by 7 percent of respondents. Botka recently received the backing of his party’s national board to hold talks on substantive issues connected with his candidacy for the 2018 election.
Democratic Coalition (DK) leader and former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány was supported by 5 percent of respondents, ahead of LMP co-leader Bernadett Szál, with 3 percent, and Liberal Party leader Gábor Fodor, who received 2 percent.
Among self-declared left-wing sympathisers, Botka had the backing of 43 percent of the survey’s respondents, while Gyurcsány garnered 40 percent support.
Nezopont found that Botka also leads Gyurcsány among non-committed voters, with 10 percent as against 4 percent.
The telephone poll was taken between Jan. 20 and 23 with a sample of 1,000 adults.