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POLL: SUPPORT FOR RULING PARTY UP - NÉZŐPONT

 

Support for Fidesz has increased significantly since January with 55% of decided voters saying they would vote for the ruling party if elections were held this weekend, the head of the Nézőpont Institute that conducted a poll in mid-April said. Fidesz in January had 50% backing among those with a clear party preference, Ágoston Sámuel Mráz told public news channel M1. Support for the opposition Socialists dropped this month to 3% and for green LMP to 1%, both below the 5% threshold these parties would need to win seats in parliament, Mráz said. The latest figures show the “high level of confidence” Hungarians have in the government and their support for maintaining the state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, he said. Fully 64% of the poll’s respondents said Viktor Orbán’s government would give up its emergency powers once the epidemic is over, Mráz said. This same opinion was expressed by 33% of opposition voters and 50% of Budapest residents, he added. “All this means that the opposition has lost the match about whether or not the government has excessive powers,” Mráz said.