Election 2014: Voter poll shows Fidesz lead among all age groups

Party Popularity

Left with little different to report its latest survey of registered voters in Hungary’s parliamentary elections of 2014 than the Fidesz-KNDP coalition holding its steady lead with support in the 45% range, pollster Tárki this month instead presented a breakdown of party preference by voter age, statistics which show that, well, Fidesz-KDNP is just as steady a draw no matter the demographic.

In direct opposition were the top-contending parties on either side of the political prism. The Tárki poll shows the appeal of major opposition party MSzP steadily increases with the average voter’s age: Just 10% of those polled between 18 to 22 years of age are currently backing the socialists, while 40% of the 70-and-older crowd supports this party.

The extreme right-wing party Jobbik, meanwhile, showed some 30% support in the youngest demographic and 28% for the likely-voting 23- to 27-year-olds but 5% and under among those 63 and older.

MSzP’s left-wing coalition partner Together 2014-Dialogue for Hungary (E14-PM) likewise dips to below 5% among the sexagenarians.

Fidesz-KDNP showed 41% to 53% across all groups, with the great majority of support in the 44% to 48% across demographic groups. The ruling coalition’s largest lead is currently among the 23 to 27 set, with 51% support against the 21% drawn by Jobbik.

Additionally, Tárki considered the relative willingness of each age group to actually cast a ballot in the upcoming election. This poll showed a trend to higher turnouts among older voters, with at least 50% of likely voters aged 53 to 72 “certainly” to vote. Among 18- to 22-year-olds, some 30% said they certainly would not vote.

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