Support for Hungary’s political parties remained around the same levels in the past month, with governing Fidesz in the lead with 21% support, unchanged for the third month in a row, the pollster Ipsos said. The radical nationalist Jobbik party had 17% of support in March, down from 18% in February. Support for the opposition Socialists dropped from 12% in February to 11% in March in the whole sample, the poll said. The opposition LMP party picked up 5% of support in March, its highest level so far during the current government. The Democratic Coalition stood on 3%, down from 4%, and Együtt had 1%. Among voters committed to a party, Fidesz led 38% to 27% against Jobbik, followed by 17% for the Socialists. LMP had 7%, DK 6% and Együtt 2% in this voter group, Ipsos said.
In a breakdown of voter support, Ipsos said Fidesz had 1.4 million core supporters and an additional 300,000 voters who were more loosely affiliated with the party. Fidesz’s most committed voters are in the villages and in Budapest and in the older age groups, the poll said.Jobbik’s core camp numbers 800,000, and the typical Jobbik voter is a man
aged 40-50 who lives outside Budapest. Another 600,000 people are less firmly devoted to the party; they are mainly from lower social groups from Budapest.The Socialists have 650,000 core supporters and 250,000 potential supporters. The core supporter is in the 50 plus age group and lives in Budapest, Ipsos said.