Voters don’t understand what the CDA stands for any more

Almost two-thirds of Dutch voters say it is unclear what the Christian Democrats stand for and 56% think the party should make it clear forming an alliance with the anti-immigration PVV was a mistake, according to the latest Maurice de Hond opinion poll.

The CDA is shortly to elect a new leader, which officials hope will unify the party ahead of the September general election.
The alliance between the CDA/VVD coalition and the PVV collapsed last month when PVV leader Geert Wilders pulled out of austerity talks.
Further decline
The De Hond poll says if there is a general election tomorrow, the CDA would take just 13 seats, down eight on their current total. The party is traditionally one of the largest in parliament.
The poll also shows the PVV has regained two seats since last week and is on target to take 19, still five down on its June 2010 total.
The Labour party, currently the second biggest party in parliament with 31, would take 20, up one from a week ago.
Support for Labour had initially been hit by the decision by new leader Diederick Samsom not to sign up for the package of austerity measures agreed by the cabinet and three smaller parties after talks with the PVV failed.

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