With just nine days to go before the general election, two more opinion polls have confirmed the rise in support for the Labour party. The new Maurice de Hond poll shows a seven-seat rise in support for the PvdA, taking the party to within four seats of the Socialists. And the latest Ipsos Synovate poll published on Monday evening has Labour six seats ahead of the SP, Nos television reported.
The sharp variations in the polls show that the battle for places in the 150-seat parliament is still wide open. More details about the Synovate poll will be published later on Monday evening.
The De Hond poll gives Labour 25 seats in the 150 seat parliament, the SP 29 and the right-wing VVD an increase of three to 35 in the 150-seat parliament.
The rise in support for Labour has also spilled over into the prime ministerial popularity stakes. Labour’s leader Diederik Samsom has gone ahead of VVD leader and caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte and is now seen as the most ideal premier with a score of 5.6 out of 10. Rutte scores 5.5 out of 10.
Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration PVV is bottom of the list with 3.4 out of 10. Meanwhile, Wilders and Socialist Party leader Emile Roemer crossed swords in Monday’s live radio debate, which featured 11 party leaders. Wilders accused the SP leader of being a ‘softie when it comes to tackling Moroccan street scum’ and failing to support the PVV’s tough line on immigration.
Debate analyst Roderik van Grieken said Samsom, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold and CDA chief Sybrand Buma were the three strongest debaters during the session.
Buma had been clever in outlining the differences between the CDA and VVD over Europe, while Samson was clear in explaining that the party had been forced to make difficult choices in its manifesto, Van Grieken said.
Source Dutch News. September 3, 2012