With a fifth of voting-age Hungarians resident in Budapest — traditionally an opposition stronghold — the strength of support for the ruling Fidesz-led alliance in the capital is a national bellwether just five months before the 2018 general election, the Nézőpont Institute said, noting that Fidesz enjoys 45 percent support among the capital’s decided voters.
Support for Fidesz-KDNP among decided voters in Budapest is one percentage point higher than across the country, according to Nézőpont’s interviews with 1,000 Budapest residents conducted between Oct. 17 and Nov. 12.
Nézőpont said in the report released on Thursday that the race for second place was tight among the opposition Socialists, LMP, Democratic Coalition (DK) and Momentum parties.
The Socialist Party in Budapest is backed by 13 percent, LMP by 11 percent, DK by 10 percent and newcomer Momentum by 7 percent, Nézőpont said, noting that all parties score higher in the capital than nationally.
Radical nationalist Jobbik’s fortunes in the capital are inverse. The party is backed by 6 percent in the capital compared with 20 percent nationwide.
Among all voters, support for Fidesz-KDNP is 32 percent, almost the same as across the country (33 percent). The Socialists notched up 8 percent in Budapest as against 5 percent nationally. DK and LMP each had 6 percent support (4-3 percent countrywide) while Momentum was on 4 percent (2 percent). Jobbik’s support in this group was 4 percent in Budapest compared with 10 percent nationwide, the think-tank said.
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