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Ruling parties could end up with 16 MEPs

Fresh polling data shows that Hungary's ruling parties, with support of 56 percent of the electorate, could end up with 16 out of Hungary's 21 European parliamentary mandates.

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), with support of 14 percent, would receive 3 EP mandates, while Momentum and the radical Mi Hazank parties (both with 6 percent) would each secure a single mandate, according to a survey the Nezpont Institute released on Monday.

Each of the other parties on their own (combined support of 18 percent) would fail the clear the 5 percent parliamentary threshold, the survey found.

“If DK and Momentum managed to entice voters from those parties, it would obviously impact the number of their mandates,” Nezopont said, adding that in 2019 both parties took away votes from the green LMP party.

In the phone poll of 1,000 people conducted from Jan. 2 to 4, more than 50 percent of respondents declared an intention to participate in the vote.

The governing Fidesz and Christian Democratic parties maintained a stable lead with 48 percent support, while the DK had the support of 7 percent. Mi Hazank had the backing of 5 percent, while Momentum was on 3 percent and Socialist Party and LMP each had 1 percent. Parbeszed, formerly led by Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony, registered zero support, Nezopont said.

The pollster said that a strong sign of the opposition side’s woes was that the satirical Two-Tailed Dog party, which has called for the entire opposition to be replaced, had the support of 4 percent.

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