Fidesz lead over Socialists narrows slightly in July - Szonda Ipsos, Medián polls
Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:03
Hungary’s governing Fidesz party has shred some of its lead over the main rival Socialist party, and the radical nationalist Jobbik has increased its camp, the latest Szonda Ipsos poll published in last Saturday’s Nepszabadsag showed.
Among all voters, support for Fidesz went down to 22 percent from 23 percent in June while the Socialists added one point to 14 percent, said the poll. This translates into about 1.8 million votes for the centre-right ruling alliance and around 1.1 million supporters for the Socialists. Jobbik’s support base rose from 7 to 8 percent from June to July. The green opposition LMP party had 4 percent support in the whole sample..
Fully half of respondents were undecided, the poll said.
Among decided voters with a clear party preference and the willingness to show up at the polls, support for the Fidesz fell to 49 percent from 51 percent in June. In this group, the Socialists, lost support, from 28 to 27 percent in the same period. Jobbik support among committed voters has risen significantly from 12 to 17 percent. That would give the party some 600,000 votes, the most since elections last spring, the paper said. The poll said that voters have overall been dissatisfied with the performance of both the governing and opposition parties over the past year. On a scale of one to 100, opinion of the work of the governing parties measured 31 points, while that of the opposition only 26 points, according to the poll.
Fidesz has maintained a lead of 51 to 25 percent against Socialists in July, among decided voters, Medián’s latest poll published on Wednesday said.
Fidesz’s lead was 53 to 24 percent in the same group in June, the poll, conducted with a sample of 1,200 adults, showed. The radical nationalist Jobbik had 15 percent of support while the green opposition LMP party had 6 percent, same as a month ago. Among the whole voting sample, Fidesz garnered 35 percent of support, as against the Socialists’ 16 percent. Jobbik stood on 9 percent and LMP on 4 percent in the whole sample.
However, fully 60 percent of respondents told Median things were going in the bad direction in the country and 32 percent felt things were going well. Six out of ten respondents reported dissatisfaction with the Orban government’s work, although a slight positive trend was recorded for the first time since October in this figure, the poll said.
Politicians’ popularity standings were largely unchanged, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban leading the popularity list, followed by President Pal Schmitt and Zoltan Pokorni, former education minister.Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos and Mayor of central Budapest’s 5th district Antal Rogan both lost 4 points in the popularity index from June, the poll said.