The majority of Budapest voters expect incumbent Mayor István Tarlós to win the autumn local election, a poll published by the Századvég Foundation on Wednesday showed.

A substantial majority, 68 percent of respondents, said Tarlós would win the race, Századvég said. Fully 13 percent expected Gergely Karácsony, the candidate of the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance who won the opposition preselection process between June 20 and 25, to win.

His opponents at the preselection process, Democratic Coalition (DK) candidate Olga Kálmán and Momentum Movement’s Gábor Kerpel-Fronius got eight and one percent respectively. Róbert Puzsér, an independent candidate who did not participate in the preselection process, was predicted as winner by 1 percent, the poll showed.

Századvég also measured the candidates’ personal popularity with voters.

Tarlós was favoured by 51 percent of respondents, the poll showed.

Of the opposition candidates in Budapest, 43 percent had a favourable opinion of Kálmán and 38 percent of Karácsony. Puzsér and Kerpel-Fronius was popular with 21 and 20 percent, respectively.

In its poll conducted by phone between June 15 and 18, Századvég asked 1,000 voting age adults on their opinion regarding the possible outcome of the ballot in October.

Source: MTI/Századvég

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