Flemish Interest gains in popularity
29 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The extreme-right party Flemish Interest has not lost any votes despite the tragic incidents in recent months.
29 May 2006
BRUSSELS — The extreme-right party Flemish Interest has not lost any votes despite the tragic incidents in recent months.
After the murder of Joe Van Holsbeeck in Brussels and the shooting in Antwerp, the anti-immigration party has attracted 0.6 percent more voters.
The survey — carried out by the two academics at the VUB — took place shortly after both crimes were committed, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Monday.
After the 12 April murder of Van Holsbeeck, the party — known in Dutch as Vlaams Belang — attracted 0.7 percent more voters.
And the party's electoral support remained barely unchanged after the racist shooting in Antwerp on 11 May, losing just 0.1 percent of voters.
Based on current public opinion, the Flemish Interest can therefore expect 0.6 percent more voters to back the party at October's local elections.
A large number of voters turned away from the party in the survey, but an equal number of voters swung its way.
As many as 12 percent of survey respondents switched party preferences between the first and second survey.
According to the survey results, the coalition of Christian Democrat CD&V and New Flemish Alliance N-VA remains the biggest in Flanders.
The Flemish Interest comes in second, followed by the Socialist SP.A and left-wing Spirit party coalition, while the Liberal VLD- Vivant coalition is ranked 4th.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news