Lijst Dedecker and liberals gain ground

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12 November 2007, BRUSSELS - An opinion poll commissioned by the VRT and the daily 'De Standaard' shows big gains for the right-wing liberal Lijst Dedecker. A total of 1,015 Flemings were questioned about their voting intentions between 15 and 31 October.

12 November 2007

BRUSSELS - An opinion poll commissioned by the VRT and the daily 'De Standaard' shows big gains for the right-wing liberal Lijst Dedecker. A total of 1,015 Flemings were questioned about their voting intentions between 15 and 31 October.

If an election were to be held now, the Christian democrat/Flemish nationalist alliance would still be the biggest group in Parliament with 30.9 percent. This is 0.7 percent up on June's general election.

Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt's liberals would come in second with 20.4 percent, up 1.2 percent on the general election. The biggest winner though would be Jean-Marie Dedecker's right-wing liberal Lijst Dedecker that now has the support of 10.5 percent of Flemings (+3.5 percent).

The greens also have a reason to be cheerful, as they would be up 0.5 percent on their June result and now enjoy the support of 6.9 percent of Flemings.

The big losers are the socialists and the far-right Vlaams Belang.

Vlaams Belang are down a massive 3.7 percent on their general election result and now have the support of 15.6 percent of Flemings.

The socialists are just behind them with 15.4 percent, down 1.3 percent from June.

Verhofstadt gaining ground
The poll also reveals that although Yves Leterme remains the most popular politician in Flanders, incumbent Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is gaining ground. Half of those questioned could imagine voting for Mr Leterme.

However, this has fallen from 56 percent three months ago.

Meanwhile, 49 percent of those questioned said that they could imagine voting for Mr Verhofstadt.

This is 7 percent up on the previous poll. The former Flemish socialist leader Johan Vande Lanotte is third on 36 percent.

The biggest loser in the popularity poll is the socialist Mayor of Antwerp Patrick Janssens who has dropped from second to eighth place.

Broad consensus for devolution
The sample of 1,015 were also asked for their views on a number of political hot potatoes.

The survey reveals a broad consensus in favour of constitutional reform.

70 percent of Flemings believe that more power should be devolved to Flanders from central government.

68 percent of Flemings want employment policy to be devolved to the regions. Meanwhile, 59 percent of Flemings want the regions to be made responsible for fiscal policy.

Almost half of those questioned say that the division of the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde parliamentary constituency is important to them.

48 percent of Flemings say that they feel more Flemish than Belgian.

Older people and men are more pro-Flemish, with women being more pro-Belgian.

Nevertheless, only 12 percent of people said that they wouldn't care if Belgium split.

However, this is double the number that said so in an early survey commissioned by 'De Standaard' and the Francophone daily 'Le Soir'.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

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