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Fidesz maintains steady lead over opposition alliance in September

If a general election were held this Sunday, Hungary's ruling Fidesz party would capture 53 percent of the vote and the opposition alliance would garner 45 percent, the Nezopont Institute said on Wednesday.

Nezopont said the opposition’s primary campaign and the ruling parties’ “Stop Gyurcsany. Stop Karacsony” signature drive “seemed to balance out each other’s effects,” with changes in support remaining within the statistical margin of error. The minuscule changes were in favour of the ruling parties, which Nezopont said “shows the off-putting effect of [former PM and DK head] Ferenc Gyurcsany”.

The united opposition parties have mobilised some 700,000 people, or about a quarter of their base, Nezopont said. The ruling party’s response, the petition campaign, “performed better, and managed to win over participants more easily,” Nezopont said.

Nezopont carried out its phone survey of a representative sample of 1,000 adults on Sept. 20-21.

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