Most Hungarian Voters Want Gyurcsány Out of Politics Nézőpont Survey Shows

  • 16 Sep 2021 7:36 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Most Hungarian Voters Want Gyurcsány Out of Politics Nézőpont Survey Shows
Three out of four voting-age Hungarians would like to see Ferenc Gyurcsány, the leader of the opposition Democratic Coalition, retire from politics, according to a fresh survey conducted this month by Nézőpont Institute on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the former Socialist prime minister’s infamous Őszöd speech.

In the leaked speech in September in 2006, Gyurcsány told the party group behind closed doors that they had lied about the state of the economy to win the general election.

Nézőpont said that the leaked speech had triggered “the biggest political crisis since Hungary’s democratic regime change” in 1989-1990.

“It shows how much political damage the lies speech wreaked that a decade and a half later 75% of Hungarians want to see Gyurcsány disappear from public life,” Nézőpont said, calling it “less surprising” that 83% of pro-government voters wanted the same.

Two-thirds of leftist voters also said Gyucsány should go, according to the survey published on Wednesday.

This, it added, was “a warning signal” for the political left.

Nevertheless, Gyurcsány’s “political talent” is such that “he has managed to put all relevant opposition parties together on a single party list” for next spring’s general election, it added.

Nézőpont’s phone survey was carried out between Sept. 6 and 8 with a representative sample of 1,000 adults.


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