Fidesz remains mighty in face of stagnating opposition
<p>Budapest, October 21 (MTI) - Hungary s ruling centre-right Fidesz-Christian alliance continued to dominate the electoral landscape after the Oct 3 local elections and Viktor Orban, the prime minister, was the most popular politician, according to a Median survey in Thursday s HVG weekly.</p>
Core party support for Fidesz remained lofty, with 63 percent of decided voters committed to voting plumping for the main governing party as against 19 percent for the biggest opposition party, the Socialists. Just before the local elections, Median found Fidesz had 66 percent and the Socialists with 17 percent.
Taking the electorate as a whole, Fidesz had more than three times the support of the Socialists, with 44 percent compared to 13 percent. In September Fidesz was ahead with 46 percent compared to 11 percent for their main rival.
Orban had an approval rating of 59 percent, putting him ahead of the president, Pal Schmitt, and the popular Fidesz mayor of Debrecen Lajos Kosa. The first 13 spots on Median s popularity list were all taken by the centre-right alliance s politicians.
Radical nationalist party Jobbik trailed the Socialists with 8 percent of the whole sample showing their approval and 13 percent of committed voters doing the same.
Green party Politics Can Be Different captured 4 percent of all respondents and the same proportion of core party supporters expressed a commitment to casting their ballots.