Politics

Hungarian Governing Parties Gain Strength Amid Immigration Crisis, Latest Poll Reveals

Ruling right-wing alliance Fidesz-KDNP has raised its supporter numbers to 1.9 million over the summer, while radical nationalist Jobbik party had 1.1 million and the Socialists 800,000 supporters, the latest poll by Ipsos showed. Fidesz’s support was up from 20% in June to 24% in September. Radical nationalist Jobbik’s supporters dropped from 15% to 14% while the opposition Socialists (MSZP) raised their camp from 9% to 10% in the same period, in the whole sample. The left-wing opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) and green opposition LMP party were neck-in-neck at 4% and 3%, respectively, in September. Each party had about a quarter of a million supporters, Ipsos said. Left-wing Együtt (Together) party for the first time raised its level of support to 2%, from the 1% gauged in every poll since the party’s formation.

The proportion of voters who kept all parties at arm’s length fell from 44% to 38% from June to September. Still, three million people did not state a party preference. Among decided voters with a firm party affiliation, Fidesz was in the lead on 41%, against Jobbik’s 26%. Support for the Socialists stood at 17%, for DK at 7%, for LMP at 5% and for Együtt at 1%, in this voter group. Ipsos attributed Fidesz’s success over the summer to re-animating about 300,000 voters who were earlier in apathy. The new supporters are in the 30-40 age group. In this age group support for Fidesz grew from 17% in June to 31% in September. It also increased its voter base among people with medium or higher levels of education and in cities outside Budapest. But Jobbik remains to be more popular in the under-30 population with 27% against Fidesz’s 16% support rate.

Meanwhile another representative survey made on commission by new online news portal 888.hu showed that 84% of Hungarian adults believe that rejecting migrants is not racism. Only 13% said that rejecting migrants is racism, 888.hu reported citing the results of the national survey carried out on Sept. 10-15. Some 73% of left-wing voters do not consider rejecting migrants racism, and 81% of centrist voters and 91% of right-wing voters share this view. According to the survey, in addition to rejecting illegal migrants, 71% of Hungarians are also against taking in refugees from Syria and Iraq, including 55% of left-wing voters, 67% of centrist voters and 87% of right-wing voters, the portal reported.

via hungarymatters.hu, ipsos.hu and 888.hu photo: Bea Kallos – MTI