Election '14: Fidesz lead steady, Bajnai introes new plank

Party Popularity

Hungary-based pollster Ipsos has released its monthly assessment of voter choices for the 2014 parliamentary election in the country; its poll taken from September 6-13 shows ruling party Fidesz maintaining its lead and even gaining one percentage point from the previous poll to show 27% support among eligible voters.

Opposition parties MSzP and Together 2014-Dialogue for Hungary (E14-PM) were each down 1% as well, to 14% and 3%, respectively. Far-right Jobbik saw a decrease of 2% to 6%, while LMP held firm at 2% and the Democratic Coalition (DK) doubled up to 2% support.

All apparent shifts fell within the poll’s margin of error. Undecided voters made up a whopping 45% of responses in the poll.

Key message of E14-PM: “Come home, stay home”
“Come home, stay home” will be a campaign theme for opposition party Együtt 2014-Dialogue for Hungary (E14-PM) in the parliamentary election campaign, party president Gordon Bajnai stated yesterday.

The slogan represents a proposed program which seeks to entice young Hungarians working abroad to instead ply their trade in Hungary. In declaring these Hungarians’ “absence [to be] one of the greatest problems for Hungary right now,” Bajnai promised that his government would establish programs within embassies and consulates to recruit workers to return home.

He also stated that a socialist-led government would provide free job training for anyone under 30 years of age who has been unemployed for six months as well as an assistance program for those completing higher education in order to return to a disadvantaged region of the country.

Euronews delays Hungary-based news broadcasts
In order to avoid influencing the outcome of the 2014 parliamentary election, TV station Euronews will not run Hungarian-language domestic news broadcasts until after the voting. In an interview with local daily Népszabadság, Euronews director Attila Kert explained that plans to dedicate 15% to 20% of the station’s broadcast time to Hungary-based domestic news will still happen, but have been put off so until after the vote next year.

Euronews is received by 800,000 households in Hungary.



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