Some 60% of Dutch politicians expect VVD leader Mark Rutte to remain prime minister after the September general election, according to the NRC on Wednesday afternoon.
Although the Socialists are doing well in the opinion polls, just 7% of the 4,500 local councillors, MPs and European parliamentarians who took part expect SP leader Emile Roemer to be prime minister.
Labour’s leader Diederick Samsom is named by 9% as the next PM.
A majority also think the two Liberal parties, VVD and D66, will form the backbone of the next government, followed by the Christian Democrats, GroenLinks and Labour. Just one in five of the politicans who took part in the survey would like the SP to be part of the new coalition.
Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV is also out of favour. Just 4% think the party likely to be part of the next government. And while 42% said they backed the PVV’s involvement in the previous coalition, just 26% now think it was a good idea.
The coalition collapsed at the end of April when Wilders pulled out of austerity talks after seven weeks.