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Ruling parties maintain comfortable lead

Hungary's ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat (KDNP) alliance has maintained its lead with a 54 percent support against 41 percent garnered by the joint list of the opposition parties, mandiner.hu said on Sunday in an article, citing a poll by Real-PR 93.

Support for Fidesz-KDNP has remained unchanged while the opposition has lost 4 percentage points, according to the February poll, the portal said. It attributed the slip to the left’s “delay in drawing up a joint list, unsuccessful national referendum initiative [on the Budapest campus of China’s Fudan university] and the weak performance of the joint prime ministerial candidate Peter Marki-Zay”.

Other, smaller parties had a combined support of 5 percent, up from 1 percent since December.

The portal highlighted major differences in party preferences in Budapest and in the countryside. Most voters in the capital support the opposition (53pc) as against Fidesz-KDNP (39pc). By contrast,¬†¬†Fidesz-KDNP has 57 percent support as against the opposition’s 38 percent in the countryside.

Real-PR 93 interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 respondents over the phone between February 9 and 11.

Hungary’s general election will take place on April 3.

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