PVV could take Hague majority
In spite of internal arguments in the past years, the PVV is almost the largest party in the City of The Hague. If elections would be held for council now, the party would gain the most votes, according to a survey from market research agency TNS Nipo, that was published. The Hague will choose its council members on March, 19, just like the rest of the country.In the poll, the PVV receives nearly 18 percent of the votes. During the last elections in 2010, the PVV, led by Geert Wilders, at nearly 17 percent of the votes. The party would now qualify for eight seats, the same as in the previous elections.
Of the eight seats that the Hague PVV won in 2010, five are left. Paul ter Linden and Richard Moss broke with the PVV and continued as one-man fractions. Arnoud van Doorn left the party, converted to Islam and is now councilor for the Unity Party.
The PvdA is the largest party in The Hague, but went down from 21.2 percent (ten seats) to 16.9 percent (eight seats). The VVD also lost seats and went from 14.6 percent (seven seats) to 11.1 percent (five seats). D66 however, gained seats and surpassed the VVD. Newcomer "Ouderenpartij Den Haag" would win 4 percent (2 seats) according to the poll.
TNS Nipo also studied the most important election themes in The Hague. The survey revealed "that the economic crisis takes its toll," say the researchers. Voters consider healthcare, poverty reduction, jobs, and income the most important. Safety is also an issue, but much less than in 2010.
The poll also shows a clear difference between natives and non-western immigrants in The Hague. 23 percent of the natives favor PVV, and only 8 percent favors PvdA, ranking it fifth. Most immigrants (43 percent) favor the PvdA, and only 8 percent prefers the PVV.
The survey was commissioned by the City of The Hague, in an attempt to get more people to vote. 786 voters were involved in the study of TNS NIPO. About a third of that group had a non-western background, representative of the population of the Hague. More poles will be held in the capital in January and February.