Support for the Socialist Party may be falling following the first televised debate between the leaders of the four biggest parties contesting the September 12 general election.
A new TNS Nipo poll published on Tuesday shows a four-seat drop in support for the SP. This means Emile Roemer’s party would now take 30 of the 150 seats in parliament if there were a general election tomorrow.
By contrast, support for the Labour party has risen by three seats to 24. Labour leader Diederik Samsom was widely regarded as the main winner in the debate.
The right-wing VVD also benefited with a two seat rise to 34.
With just two weeks to go before the vote, other research by the VU university and Ipsos Synovate indicates over 50% of voters are still undecided between two parties.
Just 25% say they will definitely vote for the same party which got their vote in June 2010. Some 10% have definitely switched and 8% plan not to vote. Disappointed supporters of the Christian Democrats and anti-immigration PVV are least likely to fill in their ballot form.
The battle is wide open and all the parties can still win or lose a lot of support, the university said in a statement.
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