Dutch want Kerry as US President
29 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A large majority of Dutch people want US presidential hopeful Senator John Kerry to defeat George W. Bush when Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, a survey has revealed.
29 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — A large majority of Dutch people want US presidential hopeful Senator John Kerry to defeat George W. Bush when Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, a survey has revealed.
Research bureau Trendbox said on its website that 77 percent of 500 respondents aged 16 and older would vote for Kerry, compared with 23 percent who are hoping President Bush will regain the White House on 2 November.
The choice of candidate also unveils large differences on various social issues, with 55 percent of Bush voters in favour of the death penalty, compared with 45 percent who prefer life sentences. Just 30 percent of Dutch Kerry supporters approve of the death penalty, compared with 70 percent who are opposed.
On a nationwide basis, some 36 percent of Dutch nationals are in favour of the death penalty, compared with 64 percent who prefer that courts impose life sentences on serious offenders.
Dutch supporters of Bush are more conservative than Kerry supporters, with 73 percent preferring marriage rather than cohabitation. Nationwide, two thirds prefer marriage — with Kerry voters mirroring that percentage.
Kerry supporters are primarily found among the Dutch elderly, of which 82 percent prefer the Democrat candidate. But 84 percent of singles, 83 percent of people living in the west of the Netherlands, 80 percent of high income earners and 80 percent of high educated Dutch nationals prefer Kerry.
Among the Bush supporters, 28 percent of people aged 35-49 would vote for the Republican, as would 28 percent of people living in the Randstad, the north or the east of the Netherlands, 29 percent of low income earners and 40 percent of low educated people.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news