A February poll shows that Hungarian President János Áder is by far the most-liked politician in Hungary, while the presumptive Socialist nominee for prime minister, Szeged mayor László Botka, is narrowly favored by Hungarians over current Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Former prime minister and chairman of opposition party Democratic Coalition (DK) Ferenc Gyurcsány is the least-liked politician in the country, the poll shows.
While well-liked among the populace, Áder is opposed by every opposition party in his bid for a second five-year term as president. Ruling party Fidesz confirmed Áder’s nomination in December despite initial rumors that he had fallen out of favor with Orbán, but an announcement Monday by Együtt (Together) confirmed that every left-wing opposition party is supporting Áder’s opponent in the presidential race, former ombudsman László Majtényi. However, extreme-right party Jobbik maintains that neither candidate is suitable, and will not participate in the March 13th vote in Parliament.
Still, 62.6 percent of Hungarians view Áder favorably, according to the poll prepared by the Jobbik-affiliated Iránytű Institute. Áder is followed by Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga (Fidesz) with 58.5 percent approval, and Zugló mayor Gergely Karácsony (Dialogue for Hungary/PM) with 52.9 percent. Fourth is Budapest Mayor István Tarlós. Botka became the fifth most-liked politician with 49.9 percent, while Orbán came in 7th at 48.7 percent. The third nominee for prime minister, Gábor Vona (Jobbik), is the least-liked among the three candidates with 42.1 percent approval.
Ferenc Gyurcsány, finding it difficult to attract the cooperation of other opposition parties moving toward the national election in 2018, was placed at the bottom of the list with only 28.2 percent approval. Among the five least-liked politicians, two were Fidesz members (Antal Rogán and Szilárd Németh), one was Ásotthalom mayor László Toroczkai, who is one of the more polarizing figures in Jobbik, and one was chairman of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) Gyula Molnár.