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Orban's party with slim lead ahead of Hungary's April 3 vote: Poll

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Orban's ruling Fidesz keeps lead over opposition as election nears -surveys
Orban's ruling Fidesz keeps lead over opposition as election nears -surveys   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022

BUDAPEST – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party maintained a slim lead over an opposition alliance before Sunday’s parliamentary election, a survey by the think tank IDEA Institute showed on Thursday.

The poll, conducted between March 22 and 28, put support for Orban’s nationalist Fidesz at 41% of the electorate, up from 40% in early March, while the six-party opposition alliance stood at 39%, gaining two points from the previous survey.

The ranks of the undecided fell by five points to 6%, the poll showed.

Orban faces a united opposition for the first time since he came to power in a 2010 election landslide. Its candidate for prime minister is Peter Marki-Zay, an independent who is now mayor of Hodmezovasarhely, a town in southern Hungary.

Among decided voters, Fidesz held a more comfortable lead, leading the opposition alliance by 5 percentage points. Other polls published earlier this week also put Orban’s ruling party ahead of their rivals.

DATEAGENCYFIDESZOPPOSITIONUNDECIDED

March 22-28 IDEA 39 6

41

Late March Median 40 32 20

March 21-27 Zavecz 39 36 19

March 23-25 Zavecz 41 39 16

March 16-18 Republikon 41 39 16

March 2-11 IDEA 37 11

40

Feb 18-24 Republikon 40 39 16

Feb 22-26 Median 39 32 20

Jan 31-Feb 9 IDEA 38 34 13

Feb 2-10 Zavecz 38 36 20

Jan 20-25 Republikon 36 34 22

Jan 4-14 IDEA 39 37 10