Dutch give cabinet a poor mark

18th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 September 2007, HILVERSUM – The fourth Balkenende government has fallen further in the opinion polls. While in February the public gave the cabinet a mark of 5.9 out of 10, and in June a 5.6, this mark has fallen to 5.3 now.

18 September 2007

HILVERSUM – The fourth Balkenende government has fallen further in the opinion polls. While in February the public gave the cabinet a mark of 5.9 out of 10, and in June a 5.6, this mark has fallen to 5.3 now.

Current affairs programme EénVandaag today announced the outcome of a survey it held among 23,000 people.

Half of respondents said that the cabinet does not do enough for society's weakest members. Labour PvdA voters in particular were of this opinion. The Christian democrat CDA voters are still the most positive about the cabinet's policy in this area. 37 percent say the government is doing enough for society's weakest members, 29 percent is dissatisfied.

The public also gave Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende a worse report mark. They gave him a 5.6 in February, that has now dropped to 5.4. The poll also indicated that Wouter Bos is deemed a better finance minister than party leader for the PvdA. As a minister he was granted a 5.0, as a party leader just 4.6.

Not only the verdict on the Balkenende cabinet's performance so far is low, people also have little confidence in the government. Two thirds of respondents say they have no confidence in the cabinet. The following of the coalition parties is divided. Of PvdA voters only 36 percent have confidence in the government, while 62 percent of CDA voters, and 62 percent of ChristenUnie voters, are confident in the ministers.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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