Support for Christian Democrats drops

29th August 2010, Comments 0 comments


Internal party divisions are losing support for the Dutch Christian Democrats according to an opinion poll. A third of the party's voters in last June's election said they would not vote for the party now.

This puts the party at its lowest ever score, with the party holding onto just 15 seats, if an election were to be held now, according to pollster Maurice de Hond. At the moment the Christian Democrats only have 21 seats.

The poll also shows that fewer and fewer people believe the current coalition talks will lead to a minority conservative VVD - Christian Democrat government supported by the far-right Freedom Party. The number of Christian Democrats in favour of this combination has also dropped by almost 20 percent in the last three weeks.

Many prominent Christian Democrats have openly opposed the current coalition talks, including former prime minister Ruud Lubbers. A quarter of Christian Democrat voters believe the party will split in two, if this coalition comes to power.


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