Poll – Jobbik support drops by third from September
Budapest, November 25 (MTI) – Support for the radical nationalist Jobbik party dropped by one third from September to November, which reflects the failure of Jobbik’s efforts to become a “people’s party”, a poll by Nezopont Institute prepared on commission by weekly Heti Valasz showed.
The poll carried out between November 14 and 19 shows that two-thirds of Hungarians are dissatisfied with the work of the leftist parties, Nezopont said on Wednesday. It is a bad sign for the opposition Socialists that 18 percent of all voters still consider Ferenc Gyurcsany, former prime minister and current head of the Democratic Coalition (DK), the leader of the left, and only 5 percent named Socialist leader Jozsef Tobias as the leading figure, Nezopont added.
Jobbik enjoyed the support of 17 percent of all voters in September but this dropped to 12 percent in October and dropped further to 11 percent in November. According to Nezopont, Jobbik leader Gabor Vona’s strategy to make Jobbik a “people’s party” has failed.
The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats remained the winners of the autumn period, with 34 percent support from all voters recorded in November, unchanged from September.
The left has been unable to gain support during this time, with the Socialists receiving an unchanged 7 percent and the DK 5 percent. Egyutt’s popularity dropped from 2 to 1 percent, while the PM party received 1 percent and the green opposition LMP 4 percent, unchanged from October. A total of 2 percent of voters supported other parties and 35 percent said they would not vote or refused to reveal their party preference. Nezopont said this showed that an increasing number of people who turned away from opposition parties joined this latter group.
Among potential voters, the Fidesz-Christian Democrats received 48 percent support, Jobbik received 22 percent, the Socialists 9 percent, DK 7 percent, Egyutt 2 percent, PM 1 percent, LMP 6 percent and other parties a combined 5 percent, the poll showed.
The poll was conducted by phoning 1,000 people, a representative sample of people aged over 18.