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Support in the Netherlands Faltering for Wilders' Anti-Islam Party

Published: 16/01/2012 03:13:45 AM GMT
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16 January 2012 The Socialist Party has drawn level with the ruling Liberal Party in the latest opinion poll, while support for Gee (more)

16 January 2012

The Socialist Party has drawn level with the ruling Liberal Party in the latest opinion poll, while support for Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom Party has reached a post-election low.

The poll puts both the Socialist Party and Liberal Party on 30 seats, while the freedom party is down to 21, three down on last week's total and six below its year-end position.

The Socialist Party has been gaining steadily in the polls in recent weeks, attracting much of its new support from Labour and the Freedom Party.

Some 30 percent of Labour supporters say they would now vote for the Socialist Party. And some 10 percent of those who back the Freedom Party declare they would switch to the Socialist Party.

Poll analysts say the decline in popularity of the Freedom Party partly stems from the government cuts introduced last year. The party is not part of the government but does support it on economic policy.

In addition, Wilders' comments about the queen's headscarf during her state visit to the UAE and Oman have also irritated voters.

50% of Freedom Party supporters say the queen was right to cover her head while visiting a mosque and 49% support the way the queen responded - by stating Wilders was talking nonsense.

The Volkskrant newspaper says the Freedom Party appears to be having trouble in keeping its supporters. Support for the anti-Islam group is at its lowest level since the current government came into power late 2010.

The poll shows that just 65% of people who voted for the Freedom Party at the June 2010 general election say they would definitely do so again.

The poll shows little change in the position of the other parties. The CDA, which forms a minority alliance with the Liberal party, is on 13 seats - it has 21 in the current parliament, while Labour (PvdA) is on 18. Labour is currently the biggest opposition party with 30 seats.



"Socialists level with Liberals in new poll, support for Wilders shrinks" Dutch News January 15, 2012

"Socialist Party is biggest in Holland" Radio Netherlands Worldwide January 15, 2012

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