EU elections: Dutch have little interest

Just 30% of the Dutch say they plan to vote in next week’s elections for the European parliament, compared with 43% in Europe as a whole, according to a TNS poll.

Only voters in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden are less interested in the election. Ireland tops the list with 66% of its poll certain to vote.
Two out of three Dutch voters polled said they had little information about the elections – the lowest percentage in the 27-country EU block. And 53% do not know the election will take place on June 4.
Research published by the European Commission earlier this month said some 47% of Dutch voters are expected to turn out for this year’s election. At the last election in 2004, 39% of the Dutch cast their vote and in 1999, just 30%.
A poll of European readers shows some 70% plan to vote either in the Netherlands or their country of origin.
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