Domestic Politics

Survey: Hungarian President Still Popular But Loses Supporters Amid CEU Controversy

Over half of those who know that Hungary’s President is János Áder find his work satisfactory and nearly half think that his re-election for another five-year term in March was a good decision, a recent survey by the Nézőpont research institute showed.

Altogether 64% of those asked could name the country’s president. Among them, 55% were satisfied and 30% dissatisfied with his work done. Áder’s approval ratings were the lowest among leftist respondents: only 24% of opposition voters (supporters of the Socialists, the Democratic Coalition, Együtt, the Dialogue Party and the Liberals) approved of his presidency and 65% were not satisfied with it. Among radical nationalist Jobbik’s voters, the ratio of those approving and disapproving of Áder was the same, 36% each.

The figures show a fall in popularity compared to a survey before Áder’s reelection, when 73% approved and only 19% disapproved of him. Nézőpont attributes the shift to Áder signing an amendment to the higher education law, a very unpopular act among left-leaning voters. The survey was conducted on a sample of 1000 people via telephone from April 25 to 27.

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