VVD leader Mark Rutte and Forum voor Democratie leader Thierry Baudet will face off against each other in a debate on television program Pauw on NPO on Wednesday evening. No one else is invited to participate in the debate. Other parties, particularly left-wing GroenLinks and PvdA, are annoyed that only the right and far-right will be represented in this debate on the eve of the European Parliament elections, which are being held in the Netherlands on Thursday.
The shooting in Utrecht on Monday that cost the lives of three people and left three other seriously injured is influencing the voting behavior of people in the Provincial States election today, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. People voting for right-wing, anti-Islam parties FvD and PVV in particular are now more determined to cast their votes on Wednesday, De Hond found.
Almost a third of Dutch voters want to punish the Rutte III government for its policy during the Provincial States election on March 20th, according to the latest poll by research bureau I&O. A quarter of voters want to support the cabinet with his or her vote. And almost half said that they won't take into account whether or not the government coalition will get a majority in the Senate when they cast their vote, AD reports.
Most Dutch voters are against the plan to remove the I Amsterdam letters from the Dutch capital, according to a survey by Maurice de Hond. 69 percent of all Dutch voters and 66 percent of Amsterdam voters find getting rid of the letters, located on Museumplein and at Schiphol among others, a bad idea.
From a survey by Whooz regarding Dutch citizens' preferences for the current coalition formation among 9,500 respondents divided in 14 target groups, it appears a coalition between the 'core bloc' of VVD, D66 and CDA together with GroenLinks is most popular. This cabinet is slightly more desirable to Dutch citizens than a combination of the core bloc with the ChristenUnie. Third in line is a leftist coalition with CDA, D66, GroenLinks, SP, PvdA and PvdD.
A massive 60 percent of Dutch voters think it is time for a new Prime Minister, according to the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond. Only 31 percent think Mark Rutte should be Prime Minister again following the elections in March next year.
The Netherlands has more confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin as an international leader than in United States presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a poll by Pew Research, which political analyst Ian Bremmer posted on Twitter.
A massive 41 percent of Dutch believe there is a good chance of a large terrorist attack in the Netherlands over the next 12 months, according to Maurice de Hond's most recent poll.
A majority of the Dutch public is in favor of reintroducing mandatory military service. Some 62 percent of the population think it a good measure to teach "young people that everyone should contribute to society", AD reports based on a recent poll by Maurice de Hond.
A narrow majority of 53 percent of Dutch voters are against holding a referendum on whether or not the Netherlands should stay in the European Union, according to Maurice de Hond's latest poll. Among Dutch voters with a low education, 69 percent want a Nexit referendum.
A majority of Dutch voters want anti-Islam party PVV to form part of the cabinet should the party become the biggest faction in the next election. Though most do not want Geert Wilders to get the Prime Minister seat, according to Maurice de Hond's weekly poll.
PVV leader Geert Wilders would want "nothing more" than to become Prime Minister if his party becomes the largest. And if elections were held now, that may well be the case. The latest poll by Maurice de Hond shows that the PVV currently stands at 37 virtual seats - more than the coalition has combined.
The anti-refugee PVV party has, over the past week, climbed more than three seats now sitting on 33 in the weekly Maurice de Hond poll, as the party continues to gain popularity. Party president Geert Wilders has distributed flyers calling against the extension of Almere’s refugee centre and especially against the tsunami of refugees from Islamic countries that is threatening the Netherlands.
TSN Thuiszorg, the largest home care organization in the Netherlands has announced its 5th reorganization, which will involve 436 permanent employees working as home care assistants being laid off and 218 employees on fixed-term contracts not having their contracts extended. A poll commissioned by union FNV has shown that 85 percent of the Dutch population is against the cutbacks in healthcare.
The vast majority of Dutch people think that Greece should stop complaining and accept the latest proposal by the European Union countries and the Intentional Monetary Fund on their debt problem.
The PvdA has reached an all-time low in Maurice de Hond's latest poll. If an election was to be held today, the PvdA would only have 9 seats, with only 6 percent of Dutch voters voting for the Labour party. Only 20 percent of the people who voted for the PvdA in 2012 would still vote for the party today.
More than half of Dutch voters think that State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health should resign because of the chaos surrounding the personal payments. This is according to the latest poll by Maurice de Hond.
The majority of Dutch people think that the Dutch Central Bank employee who was caught living a double life as a BDSM mistress should be able to do what she wants after office hours.
Ruling Dutch party VVD is continuing to poll stronger after a tough election night where the conservative party lost 23 provincial council seats. The election night loss is expected to lead to three lost senate seats for the VVD.
With only a week before the provincial elections, the coalition parties have lost their majority in the Eerste Kamer (Senate) in the latest poll. The VVD and PvdA along with the D66, ChristenUnie and SGP (constructive three) have a total of 33 seats, five to few for a majority.
According to viewers, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold was the winner of RTL's election debate last night, with SP leader Emile Roemer close on his heels in second place.
This week's poll by Maurice de Hond saw the VVD losing another seat, probably due to the integrity issues surrounding Mark Verheijen and Kathalijne de Kruif.
Nearly half of the Dutch voters (48 percent) think that VVD parliamentarian Mark Verheijen should not return to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament), even if it turns out that he is not guilty of corruption. This is according to Maurice de Hond's weekly poll.