According to a new poll conducted by Medián, 67 percent of those who want a change of government agree that weaker opposition candidates should withdraw in favor of stronger ones to defeat Fidesz in the April 8 general election, index.hu reports.
Some 81 percent of Democratic Coalition (DK) voters and 69 percent of Hungarian Socialist Party-Dialogue (MSZP-P) voters agree that candidate coordination is inevitable for a change of government, according to the poll. This result is not surprising as leaders of these two parties have been the most ardent supporters of this electoral strategy.
What is more surprising, however, is that 67 percent of both Jobbik and Politics Can Be Different (LMP) voters also agree that parties should coordinate their candidates in individual electoral districts. This result is in sharp contrast with the policy of choice of both Jobbik president Gábor Vona and LMP co-chair Bernadett Szél, who each rejected coordination with other parties earlier in the campaign.
Medián also measured whom voters would blame should Fidesz win the election owing to failure on the part of the political opposition to agree on a wide-scale cooperation. According to the poll:
- Jobbik president Gábor Vona would be blamed by 47 percent of those who want a change of government (and 51 percent of those who want a change of government but do not have a party preference)
- DK president Ferenc Gyurcsány would be blamed by 42 percent (and 43 percent of those without a party preference)
- LMP co-chair Bernadett Szél would be blamed by 34 percent (and 35 percent of those without a party preference)
- Dialogue co-chair and MSZP-P prime ministerial candidate Gergely Karácsony would be blamed by 28 percent (and 30 percent of those without a party preference)
According to the National Election Committee’s official guidelines, candidates who intend to withdraw from running have to do so by April 7, 11 am.