PM Orbán rated as better leader than opposition candidate, polling shows

By Dénes Albert
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is a more credible, and a better and fairer leader than the opposition candidate Péter Márki-Zay, according to the latest polling conducted by the Nézőpont Institute.

The institute’s latest survey compares the current prime minister with his left-wing challenger based on three characteristics. In each of the features, the opinion of Hungarians who are likely to vote about Orbán is more positive than his electoral rival.

Respondents were asked how true they found the statement that Orbán and Márki-Zay were “keeping their promises,” as well as the extent to which they considered either candidate to be “a good leader” and “a fair person.”

Six out of ten (58 percent) voters believed that Orbán keeps his promises, with 31 percent finding this not true. On the contrary, just 19 percent of Hungarian voters believe that Márki-Zay will keep to his electoral promises, while 35 percent found him to be unreliable.

Two-thirds of likely voters (67 percent) say Orbán is a good leader, and only one in four (25 percent) active voters do not. Meanwhile, 44 percent of likely voters consider Péter Márki-Zay to be a bad leader, only a quarter (23 percent) consider a good leader, and 33 percent are uncertain about the issue.

It is less surprising that 96 percent of Fidesz voters consider Orbán to be a good leader, but it is more thought-provoking that more than a third of left-wing voters (36 percent) also thought so.

The polling reveals that politically active Hungarians have a more positive view of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán than the joint candidate of the left. In the case of Péter Márki-Zay, the high number of uncertain answers indicates the low profile of the politician and the uncertainty of his potential supporters.

Hungary will hold general elections on April 3.

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