February 9th, 2012

Jobbik gains ground among Hungarian youth in 2011

The ruling alliance of Fidesz and Christian Democrats has retained a lead over opposition parties at the end of 2011, a summary of last year’s readings published by pollster Tarki on Wednesday said.

In the fourth quarter of last year, Fidesz had 43 percent of voter support, ahead of the Socialists who had 22 percent, radical nationalist Jobbik with 21 percent and small opposition LMP with 8 percent support, respectively.

Among young voters aged 18-37, Fidesz was in the lead with 42 percent of support, followed by 30 percent garnered by the Jobbik party and 14 percent by the Socialists. LMP’s support was the same in this age group as in the whole sample (8 percent), Tarki’s report said.

In its analysis of voter preferences over the past year, Tarki said the Fidesz-Christian Democratic alliance had lost a third of its supporters both among the whole populace and the 18-37 age group. At the same time Jobbik’s support camp grew by 9 percentage points in the whole sample and 10 points among young voters, respectively. The Socialists added 4 and 5 points, respectively, in the course of the year.

Gauging religious affiliations, the polls found that most respondents in the 18-37 age group said they were either not religious or “religious in their own way”. The highest percentage of “not religious” young voters were in LMP’s camp (41 percent), followed by Jobbik (39 percent), Fidesz (37 percent) and the Socialists (30 percent). In the whole voter sample, 57 percent of Socialist supporters claimed they were “religious in their own way”, compared to 49 percent in the Jobbik, 47 percent in the Fidesz and 41 percent in the LMP camp.

As regards respondents’ Roma origins, the polls show that 18 percent of voters had Roma origins among Socialist party supporters, compared to 14 percent among Fidesz, 9 percent among LMP and 1 percent among Jobbik supporters, respectively.

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  • MagyarViking

    So MSZP holds the most religious people
    Go figure…

  • Vándorló

    Maybe MTI were reading a different set of data from the one I read, but the emphasis was clearly not on Fidesz, nor any claim that they have ‘firmed’ their lead.

    On the contrary, even for the linguistically impaired, the data clearly shows the parlous state of voter base and the continued decline in the number of their supporters; particularly with respect to that of Jobbik: http://www.tarki.hu/hu/news/2012/kitekint/20120207.html

    • Leto

      Your bad.

      Fidesz-KDNP pretty much kept their support big level among decided voters and there haven’t been major changes for the other parties either in this regard. That is they have “retained a lead over opposition parties at the end of 2011”. So one can surely say “they have ‘firmed’ their lead., regardless of that they lost a lot of voters indeed to the undecided.

      • Leto

        kept their high support level

  • All Hungary News

    Thanks, Vándorló. Our bad.

    • Leto

      No, it isn’t. See above.

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