Nearly half of Budapest voters would favour the re-election of incumbent mayor István Tarlós for a third term if the municipal elections were held next Sunday, a poll by the Nézőpont Institute shows. According to the poll, 48% of the electorate would cast their votes on Tarlós, the candidate of the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance, who has held the post since 2010. Gergely Karácsony, the joint candidate of the opposition Socialist and Párbeszéd parties, is supported by 29% of voters. Róbert Puzsér, an independent candidate backed by the opposition Jobbik and LMP parties, would garner 9% of the votes. Citing party preference data, Nézőpont said that Tarlós is more popular in Budapest than the ruling alliance, with a gap of 7 percentage points between the two.
The municipal elections will be held in autumn this year. The poll was conducted from March 28 to April 5 by phone, on a representative sample of 1,000 Budapest residents.