The opposition Jobbik party, if it splits, is likely fall into two similar sized camps, since defector László Toroczkai is expected to take half of the voters with him, according to the Nézőpont Institute.
The think-tank’s report released on Wednesday shows that 35 percent of Jobbik sympathisers would definitely vote for a new party founded by the hardline mayor of Ásotthalom while 36 percent rejected Toroczkai. Nearly a third were unsure.
Toroczkai is poised to run in next year’s European parliamentary elections if Jobbik splits.
A newly formed party would also hamper Jobbik’s preparations for the local elections by diluting its grassroots organisations.
The party is deeply riven over former leader Gábor Vona. Fully 43 percent of Jobbik supporters approved of Vona, who drove the party in a more moderate direction, while 49 percent backed a more radical path.
Nézőpont interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 adults from June 1 to 6.
As we wrote two weeks ago, the disciplinary committee of Jobbik decided to exclude from the party former vice-chairman László Toroczkai, who had earlier run for Jobbik’s leadership unsuccessfully, then attempted to set up a platform of his own, read more HERE.
Also wrote before, the board of Jobbik party has asked lawmaker Dóra Dúró to return her mandate, the party said in a statement.