Anti-immigrant agitprop boosts Fidesz’s numbers

October 4, 2016


The popularity of ruling coalition Fidesz-KDNP grew 4 percent from August to September, according to a recent poll taken by government-connected Nézőpont Intézet (Viewpoint Institute), reports right-wing Magyar Idők

In the two months leading up to Sunday’s referendum, the government left no stone unturned in its effort to foment fear and hatred of refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Central Asia.  Blanketing the country in billboards, advertisements, public service announcements and leaflets, the government of Viktor Orbán spent a reported HUF 11  billion encouraging Hungarians to vote “no” in what was trumpeted as a historic vote in the life of the central European country. Conflating immigration with terrorism, the government campaign warned that the temporary settlement of some 1,300 asylum seekers would irreparably damage not only the country’s cultural, ethnic and religious composition, but that of Europe as well, and would greatly increase the threat of terrorism.

The fear campaign appears to have worked, as Fidesz-KDNP’s approval rating has risen to 36 percent of the entire adult population, and 49 percent of those certain to vote, according to the poll of 1,000 people just before the October 2 referendum.

Extreme-right party Jobbik lost a percentage point since August, claiming just 11 percent of the adult population and 20 percent of certain voters. The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) claimed 10 percent in both categories, while Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Democratic Coalition (DK) has the support of only 6 percent of the adult population and 7 percent of certain voters.

The smaller opposition parties didn’t perform well in the poll either. Politics Can Be Different (LMP) brought in 3-4 percent support in the two respective categories, Együtt (Together) 2-2, Dialogue for Hungary (PM) 1-1 and Hungarian Liberal Party 1-1.

The poll showed that the joke political party Kétfarkú Kutya Párt (Two-tailed Dog Party) has the support of 1 percent of the electorate, the first time they’ve made a showing in such a poll.

According to this data, Fidesz-KDNP would be returned to government with a two-thirds majority were national elections to be held right now, reports pro-government print daily Magyar Idők.