A survey by the Nézőpont Institute has found that 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.
According to MTI, 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 favoor 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 mobilised some 700,000 people, or about a quarter of their base, Nézőpont said. The ruling party’s response, the petition campaign, “performed better, and managed to win over participants more easily,” Nézőpont said. Nézőpont carried out its phone survey of a representative sample of 1,000 adults on Sept. 20-21.