Saturday 16 November 2019

Gay marriage vote hurts coalition

Last week’s parliamentary vote on civil servants who refuse to carry out same sex weddings has cost the ruling coalition support, according to the latest opinion poll from Maurice de Hond.


The poll puts the ruling VVD on 30 seats, down two on last week and one below their current total in the 150-seat parliament. The Christian Democrats are on 10 seats, one down on a week ago and more than half their general election total.
The two parties voted against a motion to sack civil servants who refuse to oversee gay weddings, even though many VVD MPs support the move.
Spending cuts
Support for Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV, which voted against the government in the gay marriage vote, remains unchanged on 27 seats, three more than their 2010 total.
De Hond says Wilders’ position may also have been boosted by his stand on future spending cuts. The PVV leader has said he will only support the minority government in making more spending cuts if development aid is cut by €4bn. De Hond’s poll shows 97% of PVV and 79% of VVD voters support that position.
Support for the Socialist Party is up one seat to 27 in the latest poll, while the Liberal democrats D66 are on 18, ten up on their general election performance and one more than Labour.

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