Ipsos: Fidesz continues to lose support

Party Popularity

Although the governing Fidesz party is still the most popular of all Hungarian parties, its support has been waning for a number of months, a survey by Ipsos published today reveals.

The decline of Fideszʼ popularity is nominal, however, according to Ipsos, with support falling to 20% in May from Aprilʼs 21%, taking into account all of Fideszʼ 1.6 million supporters.

Data by Ipsos suggest that there is an overall dissatisfaction with Hungarian politics, and with the exception of Democratic Coalition led by former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, all parties lost supporters in the past two months.

Far-right radical Jobbik also lost supporters in the past two months, and of its 1.2 million voters, 2% were lost in the past month, bringing the total down to 15%. The current decline apparently puts and end to the increased support of the party. As support for Jobbik was inversely proportional to Fideszʼ decreasing numbers, political scientists began speculating that disappointed Fidesz voters were being absorbed by Jobbik.

Opposition Socialists lost 2%, down to 9% from April’s 11%, taking into account its 750,000 supporters.

Green party LMP lost support, down to 4% from April’s 5%, while the Democratic Coalition gained 1%, up to 4%. Együtt (Together) has also gained 1% in supporters so far, according to Ipsos.

The ratio of people who were not willing to choose a party increased from 39% to 44%.


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