Prime minister’s party drops in latest poll

The right-wing Liberal VVD, headed by prime minister Mark Rutte, was down two seats in the latest Maurice de Hond opinion poll, while the Christian Democrats are up two.

The VVD has 31 seats in parliament and would take 28 if there is a general election tomorrow, the weekly poll shows. Last week, De Hond put the party on 30.
Leadership battle
By contrast, the CDA, which has 21 seats in parliament and has been languishing at around the 13-seat mark, is benefiting from the ongoing leadership contest. The CDA would now take 15 seats, according to the De Hond poll.
The Socialists are on 29 seats in the new poll, one down on last week, Labour remains on 20 and Geert Wilders’ PVV is up one on 20.
The poll also shows the five parties currently involved in austerity talks do not have a majority in parliament.
The Netherlands will elect a new government in September.

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