Just one in three voters hopes the cabinet lasts the full four years

Support for the coalition government has plunged, with just 34% hoping it lasts the full four years in office, according to a new opinion poll from Maurice de Hond.

The approval rating was 63% when the new coalition was formed last year, but had already fallen to 44% by February, the poll results show. The last time a Dutch cabinet lasted the full four years was between 1994 and 1998.

The current coalition is made up of the VVD Liberals and Labour party (PvdA). The two parties emerged as clear winners in last September’s general election.

When the coalition was formed it had the approval of 85% of VVD voters. Their support has now plunged to 53%. Just 42% of Labour supporters hope the cabinet lasts, down from 83% after the election.


Support for the two ruling parties is also down sharply, the De Hond poll shows. The VVD, which has 41 seats in parliament, would win 21 if there were an election tomorrow and the PvdA, which has 38, would win 16.

The De Hond poll says Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration PVV would be the biggest party with 29 seats in the 150-seat parliament if there was a general election.

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