Fully 56% of Budapest residents find incumbent mayor István Tarlós fit for the post whereas 32% say the same about Gergely Karácsony, the left-liberal opposition candidate, according to a fresh poll released by the Nézőpont research institute, just five weeks ahead of the local elections.
In the whole electorate, 60% expected that Tarlós, the candidate of the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance, would win the ballot, as against 18% tipping Karácsony a winner, the poll showed. Róbert Puzsér, an independent candidate, was seen winning the post by only one percent.
Among those identifying themselves as left-wing voters, 43% said Tarlós would win the October 13 ballot compared with 41% expecting Karácsony’s victory, Nézőpont said. Among pro-government voters, 88% expected the re-election of Tarlós for a third term and only 3% expected Karácsony to defeat him. Among decided voters, Tarlós was backed by 52%, Karácsony by 42% and Puzsér by 6%. Nézőpont conducted the poll from August 29 to September 7 by phone, on a representative sample of 1,000 Budapest residents.