The opposition parties would lose a third of conservative Jobbik supporters and a fifth of leftist supporters if they were to run on a joint list for the European parliamentary elections, according to a survey by think-tank Nézőpont Institute published on Friday. The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats (KDNP) would get 54% support, Jobbik 14% and the left-wing parties a combined 26% if every party were to run on separate lists, the survey showed. However, if the opposition ran on a joint list, then Fidesz-KDNP would get 60% and the “rainbow coalition” 33%, Nézőpont said. As many as 33% of Jobbik supporters and 20% of left-wing supporters said they would not cast their votes in the case of an all-opposition list, it added. Nézőpont said the main reason was probably the continued high rejection of DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány, his negative rating currently standing at 73%. He remains the least popular Hungarian politician, Nézőpont added.
If the EP elections were held this Sunday and the opposition were to run on a joint list, Fidesz-KDNP would get 14 mandates and the opposition 8 mandates, instead of 13 and 7, respectively, Nézőpont said.