Defence minister's popularity rating plummets
The popularity ratings of Defence Minister Hans Hillen, Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal and Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt have in recent months fallen sharply, a weekly survey shows.
Over the past four months, Defence Minister Hillen, a Christian Democrat, has suffered the worst drop in popularity, from -4 to -23 percent, leaving him at the very bottom of the list. Foreign Minister Rosenthal and Education Minister Van Bijsterveldt, of the liberal VVD party, saw their ratings tumble from -5 to -19 percent.
In contrast, Prime Minister Mark Rutte VVD and Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager CDA, remain very popular. The PM scored +47 percent, down from +48 percent, while Mr De Jager got +38 percent, up from +36 percent.
VVD and CDA voters, the survey reveals, are satisfied with the government. But nearly half of those who vote for Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom Party PVV, which backs the minority government in parliament, are critical of the government. Christian Democrat Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner is particularly unpopular among PVV voters, who rate him at -25 percent.http://cdn.radionetherlands.nl/data/files/040311_hans_hillen_4599372969_3775af3a4c_m.jpg
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