Insult to PM costs Wilders support
The popularity of Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party’s has dropped in response to his use of language during the budget debate, according to pollster Maurice de Hond’s Peil.nl.
Mr Wilder’s party lost the equivalent of two seats in the poll after the debate in which his derogatory and informal language caused controversy.
[related-articles]Nevertheless, many Freedom Party voters said they approved of the way Mr Wilders’ called Labour Party leader Job Cohen a “company poodle” and told Prime Minister Mark Rutte to “act normal” – an idiom that loses its disparagingly familiar tone in translation.
Fourteen percent of Mr Wilders’ supporters said they saw his remark to the prime minister as undesirable, and 20 percent objected to it strongly.
Were elections held now, Mr Wilders’ party would overtake the Labour Party to become the second largest in the 150-seat parliament with 26 seats, according to the poll.
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