Confidence boost for rump Cabinet

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4 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Voters have more confidence in a Christian Democrat (CDA)-Liberal (VVD) rump Cabinet than in the recently fallen three-party coalition with D66, an opinion poll suggests.

4 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Voters have more confidence in a Christian Democrat (CDA)-Liberal (VVD) rump Cabinet than in the recently fallen three-party coalition with D66, an opinion poll suggests.

The TNS NIPO poll, carried out for RTL Nieuws, suggests support for the proposed Balkenende III Cabinet is 30 percent higher than it ever was for the previous CDA-VVD-D66 government.

That Cabinet, known as Balkenende II, had only 28 percent support among the public when it took office in 2003.

The major parties have retained support since D66 collapsed Balkenende II last week because the CDA and VVD refused to ditch controversial Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk (VVD).

TNS NIPO said the public doesn't blame Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's CDA for the fall of the government. On the contrary, most people credit his party for the recent economic growth and believe it should be allowed to complete its reform programme.

The CDA, which has 44 seats in parliament, has risen from 27 to 30 seats in the latest poll.  The VVD is stable on 32 seats because of differences of opinion within the Liberal party about the 'Verdonk factor'.

The opposition Labour Party (PvdA) remains the largest party, According to the poll. It is on 43 seats, one more than its current number of seats in parliament. But comments from Labour leader Wouter Bos about reform of the AOW pension continue to dog the party. Polls earlier in the year predicted PvdA could win 50-plus seats.

D66 has slightly improved its position since bringing down the government. TNS NIPO suggests it could win 4 seats if the election was held now, up one from previous surveys. The party currently has six MPs, well down on its best performance in 1994 when it won 24 seats.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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