Hungary’s ruling Fidesz sees drop in popularity

Budapest, February 11 (MTI) – Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-led alliance saw a 3 percentage point drop in popularity from last month and stood at 31 percent among all voters in early February, the lowest level since last spring’s elections, daily Nepszabadsag reported on Friday, quoting pollster Szonda Ipsos.

The popularity of the main opposition Socialists was relatively stable at 12 percent of all voters.

Fidesz’s voter base is around 2.5 million and the Socialists’ is 1 million.

    Supporters of the Socialists were more active in February than in the two previous months but were still less active than Fidesz supporters, the paper said.

    Among committed voters with a clear party preference, Fidesz received 60 percent support and the Socialists 20 percent in February, as against 65 percent and 17 percent in January, respectively.

    The radical nationalist Jobbik and the green party Politics Can Be Different (LMP) have moved up in popularity from last autumn’s lows. Jobbik was supported by 7 percent of all voters and LMP by 4 percent in early February. Among voters with a clear party preference Jobbik stood at 12 peercent and LMP at 6 percent, just above the threshold required for entry to parliament.

    A general deterioration of public mood is noticeable, according to Szonda Ipsos, with a monthly 2-3 percentage-point increase in the number of people who believe things are going in the wrong direction (currently 61 percent) and a decrease in the number of those who see positive developments (currently 30 percent), the paper said.

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