Dutch regaining confidence in politics

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Confidence in politics among Dutch voters has risen as a result of the budget cuts the caretaker minority cabinet agreed with three opposition parties earlier this week, a weekly opinion poll suggests.

Some 51 percent of respondents say they now have more confidence in politics than a week ago. The figure is even higher among those whose parties reached the agreement. The deal was struck by the governing Christian Democrats and pro-business VVD party along with the liberal D66, the conservative Christian Union and the Green Left parties. 

Supporters of Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party and the Socialist Party say their confidence in politics has dropped. Those who vote for Labour, which opposed the agreement, also say their confidence has increased.

Most Dutch are more positive about the future in the wake of the agreement, the poll finds. Only Socialist Party voters now have a more negative view.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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