The teachers’ strike and controversy over the Hungarian National Bank making loans and grants to friends and relatives of central bank governor György Matolcsy caused support among qualified voters for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance to plummet some 8 percentage points in May, according to a recent poll conducted by the Republican Institute. Whereas 51 percent of voters polled in April said they would vote for Fidesz-KDNP, this fell to 43 percent by the end of May, mostly to the benefit of Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Democratic Coalition (DK), whose popularity rose 3 percentage points to 8 percent.
DK’s surge in popularity was evident in last week’s city council by-election in Dunaújváros when the DK candidate came in second ahead of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) candidate.
According to the Republican Institute poll, support for the MSZP and far-right Jobbik now stands at 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively, roughly one percentage point higher than the prior month.
For the first time since the general election of 2014, Politics Can Be Different (LMP) polled at 5 percent—the minimum threshold necessary to form a parliamentary delegation. (Although DK, PM, Együtt and Hungarian Liberal Party (MLP) politicians are members of parliament, none are able to form a parliamentary delegation necessary to, among other things, pose direct questions to government members at the start of parliamentary sessions.)