Confidence in government doubles in one year – to 32%

Almost one in three people in the Netherlands now has confidence in the government, compared with just 14% a year ago.

However, the government is still well below the 42% confidence rating it received after the 2012 general election.

Prime minister Mark Rutte has also seen his popularity soar. Last year, just 16% of those polled said they had confidence in the premier. That has now risen to 41%.

Economic reform

The poll, based on a panel of 19,000 people, was carried out by broadcaster EenVandaag.

The government comes in for particular praise for the constructive way it works with three opposition parties and for the relationship between the two coalition parties themselves.

Supporters are also happy the government has pressed ahead with economic reform despite the crisis and with the cabinet’s performance in the wake of the MH17 plane disaster.

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