Local elections: little interest so far, care is most important issue

20th February 2014, Comments 1 comment

With one month to go before the local elections, just 42 percent of potential voters definitely plan to vote, according to TNS Nipo research involving 1,300 people.

Care services are the most important issue – local councils will be given responsibility for long-term non-residential care from 2015.

TNS Nipo said that based on earlier experiences these results make it unlikely turnout will be more than 50 percent.

If so, it would be the lowest percentage ever recorded, Nos television says.

People’s main reason for staying at home is that ‘politicians don’t listen’ and that they know too little about local parties to vote for them.

Local parties combined took 25 percent of the vote in 2010.

© DutchNews.nl

1 Comment To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 20th February 2014, 13:47:43 - Reply

    Yes, it has become increasingly difficult for voters to perceive that checking only a single small box on a mammoth ballot sheet would make any difference in their lives. The ballot itself makes one feel small and insignificant.
    It magnifies how the Dutch system of voting has little confidence in Dutch voters to make responsible voting choices, when elected parties seem to make so many political decisions including one's local mayor.
    My advice would be to vote for any party that is opposed to ones that one dislikes. In my case that would exclude voting for the VVD, PvdA, and the D66 parties, basically any party that supported the current coalition.