Fidesz still backed by majority of voters

Budapest, February 16 (MTI) – The governing Fidesz party would still win a two-thirds majority in Parliament were the general elections held next Sunday, Nezopont Institute said in a poll prepared for the weekly Heti Valasz and released on Wednesday.

Fidesz and its Christian Democratic allies would win a 56 percent majority among decided voters who would turn up for the ballot. The main opposition Socialists would garner 22 percent, Jobbik 11 percent and LMP 8 percent, the poll said.

    Among all voters 46 percent would support Fidesz, down only one percentage point, whereas 12 percent would vote for the Socialists, a drop from January’s 16 percent. Support for Jobbik and LMP remained unchanged, 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

    The politicians’ popularity list is topped by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, leader of Fidesz, followed by Deputy Premier Tibor Navracsics in second place and National Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy in third.

    The majority of Hungarians expect the government to carry out reforms in several areas.

    The highest proportion, 92 percent, would like to see reforms in health care. Eighty two percent are disappointed with the current system of unemployment benefits while 77 percent see a pressing need for a pension reform. Some 73 percent urge reforms in education and 70 percent think that time is ripe for reforms in public administration.

    The poll was conducted with a representative nationwide sample of 1,000 people from February 7 to 10.

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