The Socialist Party of Emile Roemer is once again the country’s biggest party, overtaking the pro-business VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, according to a weekly opinion poll.
In the weekly survey conducted by Maurice de Hond, the SP now would have 32 seats in parliament, whereas the VVD would to drop to 30. In January the SP also emerged as the biggest party in the survey. Socialist Party leader Emile Roemer was rated 6.8, a record figure his predecessor Jan Marijnissen had obtained ten years ago.
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders is the only politician to see his popularity drop since December, the last time the survey gauged politicians’ popularity ratings. Mr Wilders’ rating now stands at 4.4, down from 4.7.
The cabinet’s most popular minister is Christian Democrat Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager, who gets a rating of 6.1. Three months ago the most valued government figure was liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who now is rated 6.0
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