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Almost half of Hungarians see Orbán as most suitable for post of PM – survey

Fully 49 percent of Hungarians view Viktor Orbán, the incumbent prime minister, as the politician most suitable to head the government, according to a recent survey conducted by the Nezopont institute and published on Monday.

Nezopont gauged the public’s opinion after several opposition leaders held annual speeches evaluating the state of the country last week.

Viktor Orbán was trailed by Klara Dobrev, an MEP of the opposition Democratic Coalition, of whom 13 percent of respondents said she would be most suitable to govern the country, Nezopont said. Laszlo Toroczkai, leader of the radical Mi Hazank party, came third with 7 percent support, followed by Anna Donath, an MEP of the Momentum party, with 6 percent.

Nezopont called it “a rather unfavourable result” for the opposition that 27 percent of left-wing voters were unable to chose whom they would prefer as prime minister from among the opposition politicians. The pollster noted that Donath “has managed to win the support of only 12 percent of left-wing voters, while Dobrev, her chief rival, of more than one-third, or 37 percent”. “The results show that the left-wing prime ministerial candidates are rivals not of Viktor Orbán, but of one another,” the pollster said.

The survey was conducted by phone on a sample of 1,000 between February 13-15.

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