Just over half - 52 percent - of Dutch voters are in favor of holding a referendum on the new organ donation law, according to the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond.
While it does not seem that the first televised election debate on RTL on Sunday had much affect on the polls, Maurice de Hond's latest poll does show left-leaning parties CDA and PvdA each gaining slightly more support and going up one seat. Right-wing PVV's support continues to dwindle slowly. Elderly party 50Plus took quite a blow this past week, losing almost half of its support.
Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party PVV is still gaining popularity in the polls. In Maurice de Hond's latest poll the PVV gained one seat over the past weeks, and 7 seats over the past four weeks. The anti-Islam party is now 10 seats ahead of ruling party VVD.
Over the past month the VVD, CDA, SP, D66, GroenLinks and PvdA all saw a decline in virtual seats, losing 9 all together. Together they now have just 87 seats. In 1998 the six parties scored more than 140 seats, according to De Hond.
44 percent of people who voted for the PvdA in the 2012 parliamentary elections, think that party leader Diederik Samsom should step down. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher are the two most popular candidates for his successor.
A majority of the Dutch thinks that the Dutch Olympians shouldn’t boycott next year's Winter Games in Sochi. This reveals an investigation of Peil.nl, the investigation bureau of Maurice de Hond, which was commissioned by NU.nl.
58 Percent of respondents believe that the Dutch athletes should just go to the 2014 Winter Games in the Russian city of Sochi. For voters of VVD and CDA this percentage is the highest at 70 and 67 percent respectively.
Nearly three quarters of the Dutch think that the government should be able to tap communication by telephone and over the internet, if this prevents terrorism. Figures from investigation bureau peil.nl, from Maurice de Hond, show that 73 percent of respondents has no problem with wiretapping. The study was commissioned by the news site NUtech.nl.