Typically, while the winner sees an increase in popularity after the national election, the losing parties do not experience a significant change in status. After the election on April 8th, however, a different trend emerged in Hungary; According to Medián’s research, published by HVG this week, while the approval ratings of Fidesz grew, the opposition experienced a significant downturn in popularity.
LMP politicians, in particular, have experienced the highest reduction: Bernadett Szél fell from 39 percentage points to 25 and Ákos Hadházy from 34 to 26. The conflicts, which ended with key members of LMP coming to blows, certainly did nothing to help the party’s approval ratings. Jobbik has also not been immune to difficulty; They recently lost two of their most popular politicians due to the resignation of Gábor Vona and the exclusion of Dóra Dúró.
Politicians of the Demokratikus Koalíció are an exception to the trend, having risen from the bottom of the approval ratings to somewhere in the middle.
Áder János, President of Hungary, leads in popularity, followed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance. Only two opposing leaders made the top ten list: Péter Márki-Zay, competing for fifth place with István Tarlós, and Gergely Karácsony. Interestingly, both are local politicians and not considered major players in the national political scene.