Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration party PVV is leading the polls in the new town of Almere, one of two places it is contesting the local elections, according to a TNS Nipo poll for Wednesday’s Volkskrant.
The poll gives the PVV 30% of the vote and Labour 20%. Some 84% of PVV voters said they are doing so because they are unhappy with the coalition government.
The poll was taken a day before the cabinet fell.
Among the PVV’s manifesto pledges in Almere are a ban on halal food in hospitals, school canteens and sports clubs and the launch of a special street commando force to boost public safety.
The party is also standing in the local elections in the Hague.
Amsterdam University researcher Philip van Praag who worked on the poll said most Almere PVV voters are older white men.
Although Almere does not have much in the way of race-related problems, PVV voters do not want Moroccan and Turkish families to move in because they are worried about the city becoming like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Van Praag told the Volkskrant.
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