Hungary’s ruling Fidesz retained an unchanged 14-point lead over its main rival Socialists in April, with both parties losing two points in support from March among voters who are committed to turn out at the polls, a poll by Ipsos sent to MTI on Wednesday showed.
Fidesz had 39 percent support over the Socialists’ 25 percent in this camp in April.
The radical nationalist Jobbik gained 3 percentage points to 22 percent in April among committed voters while the small opposition LMP was down two points to 7 percent and the Democratic Coalition gained one point to 5 percent from March, reaching the threshold of parliamentary representation for the first time since its foundation last year.
Fully 51 percent of the adult population, however, had no party preference or showed no willingness to participate.
Fidesz had the backing of 17 percent of the whole populace in April, down from 19 percent in March. Support for the Socialists fell from 14 to 12 percent in the whole sample. Jobbik was up three points to 10 percent. LMP was down one point to 4 percent and the Democratic Coalition stayed level at 2 percent support in April.
In the under-30 age group, Fidesz stood on 15 percent, with Jobbik a close second at 12 percent of support. In the 50 plus age group, the Socialists are up three points on Fidesz at 20 percent backing.
The poll was conducted from April 6 to 13 on a sample of 1,500.