Budapest, February 11 (MTI) – Support for ruling party Fidesz in Ipsos’s latest poll conducted in February continued to wane, while the camp of radical nationalist Jobbik expanded.
Fidesz support among all respondents dropped to 21 percent at the start of February from 23 percent in the previous month, while backing for Jobbik rose to 16 percent from 14 percent, Ipsos said on Wednesday.
The pollster said that support for Jobbik, with 1.3 million voters, had never been as strong as it is now.
“In the party rankings, Jobbik is getting ever closer to Fidesz, as there is now just a difference of 400,000 supporters between them,” Ipsos said.
Backing for the Socialist Party remained stable at 11 percent, translating into 900,000 votes. The leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) stood at 4 percent in February while LMP kept its support of 3 percent. Egyutt and Dialogue for Hungary had 1 percent each.
The growth in the number of respondents who said they would not participate in an election halted, standing at 40 percent, or 3.2 million voters.
In the camp of decided voters, Fidesz commanded 40 percent, Jobbik captured 25 percent and the Socialists had 19 percent. DK scored 6 percent, LMP 5 percent while the other two parties were each favoured by just 1 percent.
Ipsos said that since last October Fidesz’s backing had dropped from 35 percent to 21 percent, meaning that 1.1 million voters had deserted the party.