Verdonk beats prince in public choice of president

29th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

Prince Willem-Alexander came in second in a questionnaire that asked who should be president if The Netherlands were to become a republic.

29 April 2008

THE NETHERLANDS – A questionnaire in De Telegraaf says only 16 percent of the Dutch would want Prince Willem-Alexander as president if The Netherlands were to become a republic.

He was beaten soundly into second place by former minister Rita Verdonk, whose brand new political movement Proud of the Netherlands could become the second biggest party in the country if current opinion polls are to be believed.

AD has a warning for Verdonk, however: "Rita's in danger of peaking too soon" is its headline. The paper talks to political scientist Henk van der Kolk, who is sceptical about the Verdonk phenomenon:

"She appeals to a lot of voters because she hasn't made any choices yet ... but once she announces plans to clamp down on asylum seekers or lower unemployment benefits ... her supporters could just as easily run back to their trusted parties."

But Verdonk's advisors are happy to put a different spin on things: "There are also bound to be voters who are waiting to hear about Rita's policies before they declare their support ... so you could say we're only halfway there."

[Radio Netherlands / David Doherty / Expatica]

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