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

By Tamás Székely // 2017.05.04.

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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