Wilders more trusted than Dutch PM; nationalist vitriol boosts PVV even higher
The Dutch population currently has more confidence in PVV leader Geert Wilders than in Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In Maurice de Hond's weekly poll, the respondents gave Wilders a confidence score of 4.2. The Prime Minister only scored a 3.9.
Wilders' party is also doing well in the polls. This week the PVV gained another two seats, putting the party at a record high of 37 prospective seats in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. The party currently has 15 seats in the Kamer. Mid July 13 percent of the population indicated that they would be voting PVV, now that is up to 24 percent.
The increasing support for the PVV seems to be directly linked to Wilders' standpoint of not letting any refugees enter the country. The support for the party increased the most among people with a low education - from 16 percent to 37 percent. More than 30 percent of voters living in the provinces Brabant and Limburg and the Roman Catholic voters are also supporting the PVV. The party also saw an increase of voters with a high education - from 5 percent in July to 14 percent now.
The VVD on the other hand, has lost another seat in the polls this week and has dropped below the 20 mark. The party currently has 19 prospective seats according to the polls, compared to the 41 seats the VVD got in the 2012 elections.
The voter distribution currently stands as follows: