Saturday 13 August 2022

Budget debate had no impact on party support, VVD and PVV still neck and neck



This year’s budget presentation and two days of debate in parliament did not have an effect on political party support, according to the latest poll of polls, published by broadcaster NOS.

Last year, PVV leader Geert Wilders added five virtual parliamentary seats after his performance during the debate, in which he described parliament as ‘fake’. This year, there no impact and both the PVV and ruling VVD remain on between 16.7% to 20.7% support.

The poll of polls is based on five separate opinion polls. Compiler Tom Louwerse told NOS the debate went well for prime minister Mark Rutte, despite criticism of his ‘eff off’ comments.

‘He has positioned the VVD as a party which dares to name problems and supports tougher immigration policy,’ Louwerse said.

The Christian Democrats, Socialists and D66 liberal democrats are all well behind with support varying between 8.7% and 13.7%, or 13 to 19 seats in the 150 seat parliament.

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