Hungary’s ruling coalition popularity rises

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Hungary’s ruling conservative Fidesz-KDNP coalition remains the most popular political formation in the country, a study has found.

What’s more, data from four polling institutes showed that an election today would result in an even higher parliamentary majority than the one reached at the last elections held in April.

News site collated July’s opinion poll results from Nézőpont Intézet, Publicus, Századvég and Závecz Research which showed that among the whole population the support for Fidesz-KDNP rose one percentage point to 34 percent, but there was an unusually high spread among data from the four institutes, ranging from 25 to 42 percent.

Among decided voters, Fidesz-KDNP was in a very comfortable lead with popularity of 53 percent, which in the case of elections would result in an even higher number of seats in parliament than in April. On April 8th, prime minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling coalition received 49.27 percent of the popular vote, resulting in a two-thirds majority in legislation.

Meanwhile, the governing coalition’s main opposition, radical right-wing Jobbik only received 15 percent, down five percentage points from April. The Socialists and the green-liberal LMP both stood at 13 percent, up one percentage point from April.

Hungarians will vote at two important elections next year, the European Parliament elections in May and the domestic municipal elections. The municipal elections are usually held in the autumn but recent reports suggest the latter may be brought forward to coincide with the EU elections.

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