Nézőpont: Support for Fidesz grows at Jobbik’s expense

July 28, 2016

Party preferences of Hungarians eligible to vote. Source: Nézőpont Institute

Fidesz has managed to gain support among Hungarian voters in July, while Jobbik’s decline continues, according to the latest opinion poll by pollster Nézőpont Institute (Nézőpont Intézet).

The poll – conducted for Hungarian weekly magazine Heti Válasz – shows that 31% of the population supports the governing party, a 3 percent rise since June.

Radical right-wing Jobbik has lost some of its supporters, its popularity declining from 13 to 12 percent this summer. Nézőpont Institute pointed out that left-wing parties have more support altogether (17 percent) than the far-right party of Gábor Vona.

Speaking of the Hungarian left, it seems electing new leaders did good for the Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt – MSZP). In July, the party was supported by 10 percent of voters, meaning a 2 percent rise in popularity. Democratic Coalition (Demokratikus Koalíció – DK) on the other hand has lost 2 percent and stands at 5.

Politics Can Be Different (Lehet Más a Politika – LMP) is at the 5 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament, while Together (Együtt) and Párbeszéd Magyarországért (PM) are each supported by 1 percent of the voters.

In a similar poll conducted last week, pollster ZRI Závech Research Institute also measured a growing support for Fidesz. In their poll, however, the governing party stood at 27 percent, up from 24 percent last month. Their research also suggested that Jobbik had lost many of its supporters.