Incumbent Budapest Mayor István Tarlós maintains his lead days ahead of Sunday’s local elections, holding the support of 53% of decided voters, while joint opposition candidate Gergely Karácsony stands at 40% and independent Róbert Puzsér at 7%, the Nézőpont Institute said. Among all Budapest voters, Tarlós has a support of 49%, Karácsony 29% and Puzsér 7%, the pollster said.
Nézőpont conducted the poll by phone between Oct. 3 and 6, with a sample of 500 people. Fully 67% expect Tarlós to win the election, while 18% put Karácsony and 1% Puzsér in first place, Nézőpont said.
Regarding an audio recording in which Karácsony can be heard talking about threats made against his family and clashes he has had with other opposition politicians, which was leaked to the media in September, 44% of respondents said it was likely linked to the candidate’s fellow party members. Thirty-three percent of those asked said that Karácsony should resign from his candidacy, while 57% said he should continue his bid for Budapest mayor, Nézőpont said.