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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s approval rating reached a five-year high this month, a poll published by the Nézőpont research institute showed. In the poll conducted between July 14-16, 57% of respondents said they would like to see Orbán in a leading political role in the future, the institute said. Only one-third of respondents were dissatisfied with Orbán’s performance, the lowest ratio since October 2015, Nézőpont said. The approval rating of Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, has gone up by 14 percentage points, while Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó’s popularity is up 10 points since December last year. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Mihály Varga’s approval rating is up by 9 points, Nézőpont said, attributing the figures to the government’s Covid-19 response measures.
Tapping the public’s opinion about the opposition, Nézőpont found that the most popular opposition politician was Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony, with a 36% approval rating. The least popular is Ferenc Gyurcsány, the leader of the leftist Democratic Coalition, with 78% of respondents rejecting him, Nézőpont said.