Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Massive support for Hungarian PM Viktor Orban in coming European election

Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance is more popular than the opposition parties combined and would win more than 60 percent of Hungary’s European parliamentary seats if the elections were held this Sunday, a fresh poll by the Nezopont Institute shows.

The poll commissioned by daily Magyar Idok found that Fidesz-KDNP would win 13 out of Hungary’s 21 seats in the EP, followed by conservative Jobbik with 4 seats. The Socialists and the Democratic Coalition would win a combined 3 seats, while green LMP would send 1 representative to the legislative body.

Fidesz currently has 12 delegates in the EP, Jobbik has 3, the Socialists and DK have 2 each and LMP and the now-defunct Egyutt-Parbeszed alliance have 1 each.

In Nezopont’s poll, the ruling parties were backed by 39% of the entire electorate. Fidesz-KDNP continue to have more supporters than the opposition parties combined, the pollster said. Support for Jobbik has stagnated at 10%.

Laszlo Toroczkai’s Mi Hazank (Our Homeland) Movement, a radical nationalist party that recently broke away from Jobbik, is supported by 1% of voters. This means Fidesz has about 3.2 million voters to Jobbik’s 800,000 and Mi Hazank’s 80,000.

The Socialist-Parbeszed alliance captured 5% among the total sample, down from 6%. DK has also dropped to 5%, which gives both formations about 400,000 supporters, Nezopont calculated.


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