After weeks of declining support, Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam party PVV is once again leading the polls in the run up to the March 15 general election.
The new poll of polls, a amalgam of five different opinion polls, gives the PVV between 27 and 31 seats in the 150-seat Dutch parliament or 18% to 21% of the vote, broadcaster NOS reported.
The rise of four seats in PVV support has partly been at the expense of the ruling VVD, which is now down two at 24 to 28 seats, or 16% to 19% of the vote.
Research by I&O Research and published last week showed that Wilders’ ‘fewer Moroccans’ court case has boosted support for the PVV.
The discussion around Sinterklaas’ controversial helper Zwarte Piet and the impasse over the Ukraine referendum result have also increased the backing for the anti-immigration populists, I&O Research said.
The PVV and VVD lead the political party pack by a considerable margin. In third place are the Liberal democrats D66 with 15 to 17 seats, followed by the Christian Democrats and Socialists.
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