Municipal elections will be held this Sunday in Hungary, with the race for Mayor of Budapest intensifying as polls show opposition contender Gergely Karácsony in a close race with the Fidesz incumbent István Tarlós.
A final summary of polls on kozvelemenykutatok.hu shows that Fidesz-backed incumbent Tarlós leads the field with 49%, while Karácsony is expected to receive 45% of the votes. Media personality Róbert Puzsér is measured at 6% on average. Support for celebrity Krisztián Berki is insignificant.
The website calculated averages based on the latest polls by five major agencies (Medián, Nézőpont, Publicus, Századvég, and ZRI-Závecz).
There are major differences between the polls regarding the size of Tarlósʼ lead. Századvég calculates that Tarlós (51%) is ahead of Karácsony (43%) by 8%. On the other end of the spectrum, Publicus puts both candidates in dead heat, at 48%.
Nézőpont says Tarlós leads by 6%, ZRI-Závecz puts Tarlósʼ advantage between 2-3%, while Medián calculates that Karácsony is only behind by 1%.
Local elections will be held across the country on October 13, with voters electing mayors and assembly members for five-year terms.