Fidesz drops in the polls

March 2, 2016

Fidesz

The percentage of eligible and decided voters supporting Fidesz fell from 53 percent in January to 46 percent in February, according to a Medián poll published by Hungarian weekly HVG.

The number of people who think things are going in the wrong direction in Hungary rose from 54 percent to 60 percent during the same period. Last November, 45 percent of those polled approved of the Orbán government’s job, but that number has now decreased to 39 percent.

While support for ruling party Fidesz has dropped during this period, the polls show that support for the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), the Democratic Coalition (DK), and radical far-right Jobbik has grown.  Every fourth eligible decided voter told Median he or she would vote for Hungary’s extremist party.

Medián says the government’s increased political rhetoric in recent weeks has not helped improve public opinion.

Overall support for Fidesz among voting-age Hungarians has decreased from 34 percent to 32 percent since January. The percentage of eligible and decided voters supporting Fidesz dropped from 53 percent in January to 46 percent in February.

The number of voters who supported Fidesz in 2014 but now reject the party has increased from 35 percent to 41 percent. Every tenth such voter would not vote for Fidesz under any condition.

While the government continues with its anti-European Union propaganda, the vast majority of Hungarians (73 percent) still support Hungary’s membership in the EU. In fact, approval of EU membership among Fidesz supporters (78 percent) is higher than the national average.