Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony, who is vying to become the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition alliance, is unpopular with 57 percent of decided voters, while 54 percent view the opposition coalition unfavourably, a survey published by the Századvég Institute on Tuesday showed.
Only 37 percent of respondents said they found the mayor sympathetic, while 39 percent supported the opposition, Századvég said.
In terms of Karácsony’s popularity index (the difference between positive and negative responses), he is less popular (minus 20 percent) than the opposition alliance (minus 15 percent), the survey found.
His low approval rating may be due to the fact that Karácsony had already lost a general election in 2018, Századvág said.
Voters may also feel that his performance as mayor has failed to live up to expectations, as he failed to fulfil campaign promises such as cost-free public transport for children under 14 and heating subsidies for the elderly and vulnerable, Szazadveg said.
Among undecided voters, Karácsony is unpopular with 51 percent and popular with 17 percent (a popularity rating of minus 34 percent), Századvég said.