Support for Orbán steady, slides for Jobbik leader, pollster finds
Around half of Hungarians prefer incumbent Viktor Orbán as prime minister whereas only 7 percent would prefer to see Gábor Vona, the leader of Jobbik, holding the job, a fresh survey by pollster Századvég shows.
The survey conducted with a sample of 1,000 people this month shows László Botka, the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Socialists, with 17 percent support,
according to a report by public news channel M1 on Tuesday.
Seventeen percent of respondents said they preferred none of the three candidates as prime minister, while 2 percent said they would prefer to see an alternative candidate.
Consolidating the findings of previous surveys, Századvég concluded that
Orbán’s popularity has remained stable over the past years,
whereas Vona’s has “declined steadily”, most notably since the national referendum held on mandatory EU migrant quotas in October 2016. While the Jobbik leader was seen favourably by 25 percent in September last year, his approval rating dropped to 12 percent by September this year.
Fully 40 percent of those who voted for Jobbik in the 2014 general election, whom Századvég calls the party’s “traditional” voters, voiced disappointment with Vona as party leader.