Hungary’s Orbán leads by 5 points with election just days away

Orbán’s anti-war stance is a winning campaign approach in the lead up to election day, according to polling

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Magyar Nemzet
Conservative rally in Budapest. (Magyar Nemzet/Árpád Kurucz)

A poll conducted over the weekend shows that Hungary’s ruling conservative Fidesz-Christian Democrat coalition has a 5 percent lead over the joint six-party opposition one week before the general elections scheduled for April 3.

Dániel Nagy, research director of the Századvég think-tank, one of the co-authors of a four-institute poll showed that 47 percent of decided voters would cast their ballot for the conservatives against 42 percent for the opposition coalition led by Péter Márki-Zay.

That would translate into 119 seats versus 79 in Hungary’s 199-seat single-chamber legislation.

Péter Pillók, also from Századvég, said that the domestic parties’ stance against the Russian-Ukrainian war is the dominant issue in the election.

He said 47 percent of the adult Hungarian population said both sides were at fault for the conflict — exactly 47 percent thought so — 32 percent of respondents blamed Putin. According to 71 percent of respondents, Viktor Orbán, on the other hand, is trying to maintain peace with Russia by securing Hungary’s gas and energy supplies.

Ninety percent of the respondents thought that Hungary’s security came first, so Hungary should not drift into armed conflict, and 78 percent of Hungarians do not support the establishment of a no-fly zone, as in their opinion it would lead to the outbreak of another world war.

Péter Pillók also informed that 79 percent said that Hungary should reject the sanctions that could harm the Hungarian economy. Even more, 81 percent say that the closure of Russian gas should not be allowed in Hungary.

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