Socialists continue to chip away Fidesz lead
Thursday, October 20, 2005, 11:29
Senior governing Socialist party MSZP has further chipped away the opposition centre-right Fidesz party's long-standing lead, said pollster Median on Thursday,
indicating what increasingly looks like a trend ahead of the elections next spring. Median, which has the best track record in predicting election results, carried out two polls between September 30 and October 4, and October 7 and 11. Among respondents with a party preference and a definite intention to vote, the Socialists were supported by 44%, compared to Fidesz's 48%. The Socialists were 4 points behind their main rival among all voters, with 30%. On both readings, junior governing SZDSZ got 3%, below the 5% threshold to get seats in Parliament. In August, Median put the gap between the two major parties among all voters at 10 points.