Support for coalition parties drops and newbies are on the rise


With just two or three weeks to go before the new cabinet is presented to the public, support for the three biggest coalition parties is shrinking, according to the latest poll of polls.

It now appears as if support for prime minister Mark Rutte’s VVD may be dented with some traditional supporters fearing the party has moved too far to the left, poll of polls creator Tom Louwerse said.

The VVD is still by far the biggest party, but its support has dropped from 34 to 38 seats in parliament (23% to 25%) to 28 to 34 (19% to 23%).

D66, which emerged as the second biggest party after the March general election, would win 17 to 23 seats if there was a new vote, or between 11% and 15% support. The party currently has 24 MPs.

The Christian Democrats remain the hardest hit. The party won 15 seats in the 150 seat parliament in March but would now take between six and 10, the poll of polls shows.


Newcomers in parliament have benefited most from the decline of the coalition partners. Pro-European Volt, farmers party BBB and right wing JA21 would all win between five and nine seats if there were a general election tomorrow.

The far right PVV remains the third biggest party in the poll, with 16 to 20 seats, or between 11% and 13% support.

‘JA21, BBB and Volk are now medium-sized parties in the poll of polls,’ Louwerse told broadcaster NOS.

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