Dutch have more faith in cabinet and EU, and back warm welcome for refugees

PhotoL Anne Lakeman
PhotoL Anne Lakeman

The EU and Dutch government’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has bolstered public support in both institutions, according to research by I&O for broadcaster NOS.

Some 70% back the government’s approach to dealing with the war while satisfaction in the way the EU functions has risen from 37% two years ago to 49%, the research shows.

The survey involved a representative sample of over 2,000 people.

Confidence in the government has also gone up slightly, from 38% to 43%, although a majority – 53% – still say they have little or no faith in the coalition.

The survey also looked at attitudes to helping Ukrainian refugees, with 78% saying they should be warmly welcomed. This is a stark contrast to I&O research at the end of 2020 in which only 30% said the Netherlands should take in more refugees from the Greek camps.

Two-thirds of those polled said they supported cutting gas supplies from Russia, even if that led to higher prices and 55% said increasing the supply of gas from under the province of Groningen would be acceptable. Four in 10 people living in Groningen said the same.

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