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Forty-two percent of Romania Hungarians wishing to vote in Hungary elections

Fully 42 percent of dual citizens among Romania's ethnic Hungarian minority would cast their vote in Hungary's parliamentary election next year, mostly supporting ruling Fidesz, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted by the Balvanyos Institute and Transylvania Inquiry on a representative sample of 1,218 adults, showed that about 60 percent of Romania Hungarians had Hungarian citizenship, and 83 percent of those wishing to participate in the election would vote for Fidesz. Four percent of respondents said they would support conservative opposition Jobbik, while only 3 percent would vote for the allied opposition parties of Hungary.

Ninety-four percent of respondents said they were familiar with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and 89 percent had a positive opinion of him. Eighty-three percent said they knew who Democratic Coalition leader Ferenc Gyurcsany was, while 69 percent were familiar with Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and 59 percent with Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony.

Seventy-seven percent indicated their rejection of Gyurcsany, while all government politicians had a positive (50 percent or more) popularity index.

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