Although a month after the elections Fidesz enjoyed the highest support of its party in the last three decades (46%, representing 3.7 million voters), it has lost a great deal of support since then. Hungary’s ruling party is currently at 37%, or 3 million supporters, announced Závecz Research on Monday based on a survey of 1,000 people polled in mid-September.
But the poll also shows that Hungary’s political opposition has not been able to benefit much from Fidesz’s decline. Instead, the firm’s data show a significant increase in those who do not identify with any political party, from 20% to 26%, representing half a million people.
The left-wing Democratic Coalition remains the strongest opposition party, with its support slightly increasing among the entire electorate, from 9% in May to 10% now. In third place is Our Homeland: the far-right party was at 5% in the spring, and presently stands at 6%.
Momentum and MSZP have held steady since May, with the former at 5% support and the latter at 4%. Support for Jobbik declined slightly, from 5% to 4%, and LMP, the Two-Tailed Dog Party, and Dialogue all have the backing of 2% of voters.
The public opinion survey showed that those with a basic level of education or vocational training have defected from the ruling party in a much higher proportion than average. In April, 50% of this group declared their support for Fidesz, but their support now stands at 34-35%.
Fidesz also experienced a major loss of support from those in small and medium-sized towns as well as in villages, according to the poll. Whereas the party could count on 50% and 54% of those in such areas to support them back in May, these numbers have dropped to 35% and 39%, respectively.
Moreover, public mood has also worsened since the April elections. At the beginning of May, 52% of Hungarians felt that things in their country were going in the wrong direction, while this had grown to 62% by September. [HVG]