Highly-educated Dutch voters largely chose D66, GroenLinks

Parliamentary election in the Netherlands, 15 Mar 2017
Parliamentary election in the Netherlands, 15 Mar 2017. (Photo: Zachary Newmark / NL Times)

It seems that highly educated Dutch tend to vote more progressively. According to a study by the Erasmus University Rotterdam's Erasmus Magazine, if only votes cast at polling stations located at colleges and universities in the parliamentary election last month, the D66 and GroenLinks would together have more than half of the parliamentary seats. While the VVD, PVV and CDA together only got 24 percent of the votes.

Almost all universities and colleges were equipped with a polling station for the parliamentary election on March 15th. According to Erasmus Magazine, given the fact that mostly students and staff voted at these stations, they give insight into the political landscape in higher education.

A survey of polling stations at nine universities and three colleges showed that D66 and GroenLinks would be the clear winners among highly educated Dutch, with respectively 31 percent and 25 percent of the votes. If only these polling stations were counted in the elections, those two parties would have 84 of the 150 parliamentary seats.

Conservative parties did less well. The VVD managed to get third place with 17 percent of the votes. But the CDA (5 percent), PVV (2 percent), FvD (2 percent) and SGP (0.3 percent) hardly feature.

The socialists also did not score well - PvdA got 4 percent of the votes and SP got 3 percent. Animal party PvdD did relatively well with 5 percent of the votes. The rest of the 'other' parties did not get more than 1 percent. ChristenUnie managed to scrape in 2.5 percent.