Hungary ruling party extends poll lead, far right in second place

BUDAPEST Thu May 15, 2014 8:06am EDT

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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling center-right party extended its lead in an opinion poll ahead of European Parliament elections, while far-right party Jobbik beat the Socialists to come in second, pollster Median said on Thursday.

Orban was reelected for a second consecutive term in national elections last month, winning a two-thirds parliamentary majority again, while Jobbik won a fifth of votes cast.

Median's monthly poll, conducted between April 25 and 29, showed backing for Orban's Fidesz party stood at 39 percent, up from 36 percent in the March poll. The European Parliament elections will be held next week.

Support for Jobbik fell one percentage point to 14 percent in April poll compared to the previous month, but the far-right party still had more support than the Socialists, who suffered heavy losses in the parliamentary election on April 6.

The Socialists had 11 percent support in the late April Median survey. Egyutt-2014, the Socialists' main ally in the election, had 4 percent support, while the Democratic Coalition (DK), one of their other allies, had 2 percent support.

In the Median survey the members of the leftist alliance were polled separately as the parties compete in the European parliament election separately.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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Jobbik, yells against Gypsy, far rightsy (means the word Jobbik).
Every sentence includes the word Jew or Gypsy. How did cultural countries come down to this?

May 15, 2014 11:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
swatura wrote:
The word ‘Jobbik’ literally means: ‘Better one’ or ‘the one more on the right’. Lure a country into your net with false Western promises of prosperity, development and equal rights, then send in your companies and banks to financially abuse the population, the industry and agriculture, destroy the existing values by waging a cultural war against the free media, education. Corrupt the leading elite with morsels to do your bidding and every time somebody would dare to think about reality using his own eyes and clear mind, call him a neo-n@zi, an antisemite, a barbarian or else. What you get in the end is a country full of people who wish they would have learned Russian a bit harder a couple of years back, and if Putin would decide to come a little bit further west…

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