Citing a representative survey by pollster Real-PR 93, Magyar Nemzet has reported that support for Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony has fallen among Hungary’s adult population from 31 percent in June to just 20 percent.
The newspaper attributed the fall to Karácsony’s “weak performance as a city leader”. “Endless traffic jams, growing travel times and the scrapping of one-third of public rubbish bins to save money” were likely to be the reason why the mayor’s popularity has fallen by 8 percentage points among city dwellers. Among respondents outside Budapest, the mayor’s popularity declined by 12 percentage points to 16 percent, the daily said. Real-PR 93 said the biggest fall was measured among respondents critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. While 56 percent of this group said to be satisfied with Karácsony’s performance earlier, now only 34 percent say the same, the pollster said.