The ruling Fidesz-Christian alliance maintained its lead ahead of the left-of-centre opposition last month, think-tank Nezopont said on Wednesday.
In Nezopont’s polling sample, 33 percent of respondents supported Fidesz-KDNP, compared with 22 percent for the combined leftist opposition (13 percent support for the Socialists, 8 percent for ex-premier Gordon Bajnai’s E14-PM electoral alliance and 1 percent for leftist DK). Radical nationalist Jobbik had the backing of 11 percent.
Last month, 39 percent of decided voters backed Fidesz-KDNP, while 16 percent favoured the Socialists. E14-PM was backed by 10 percent and green party LMP by 6 percent, above the 5 percent threshold for seats in parliament. Jobbik was preferred by 13 percent.
In this group, only E14-PM increased its support (by one percent) while all other parties lost one percent compared with April.
The proportion of those who said they would definitely turn out for the vote if held this Sunday climbed to 61 percent from 52 percent last month, the poll commissioned by political daily Heti Valasz said.
With the elections only less than a year away, some 28 percent of eligible voters were fence-sitters, almost half of whom expressed a desire for a change of government. They account for 9 percent of the whole electorate (8 million people), giving the opposition potential to boost their support, said Nezopont.
The poll was conducted between May 6 and 10 with a sample of 1,000 voting-age adults.
Editor’s Note: This article received a new headline at 17:30 on 17/05/2013