If a general election were held this Sunday, Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party would capture 53 percent of the vote and the opposition alliance would garner 45 percent, the pro-government Nézőpont Institute said on Wednesday.
Nézőpont said the opposition’s primary campaign and the ruling parties’ “Stop Gyurcsány. Stop Karácsony” signature drive “seemed to balance out each other’s effects,” with changes in support remaining within the statistical margin of error. The minuscule changes were in favor of the ruling parties, which Nézőpont said “shows the off-putting effect of [former PM and DK head] Ferenc Gyurcsány.”
The united opposition parties have mobilized some 700,000 people, or about a quarter of their base, according to Nézőpont. The ruling party’s response, the petition campaign, “performed better, and managed to win over participants more easily,” Nézőpont reported.
Nézőpont carried out its phone survey of a representative sample of 1,000 adults on Sept. 20-21.
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