Geert Wilders is the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands. According to today’s opinion poll, the PVV has grown even stronger. The party has added another five seats since last week’s poll.
The PVV sent out this notice today:
PVV grows to 34 seats
According to De Stemming, the monthly political poll of EenVandaag (Dutch public television), conducted by the research bureau GfK, the PVV has gained seven seats this month and is now virtually the biggest party in the country.
Never before has the party of Geert Wilders had as many seats as this month. The coalition parties VVD and PvdA each lost one seat and respectively have 23 and 11 seats now. As a result, the PVV is now as large as both coalition parties combined.
If we look at the voters that did not prefer PVV last month and do so now, it is clear that the movement in the direction of Wilders’ party has one single cause: the flow of refugees heading for Europe and the Netherlands, and the problems resulting from this. The participants in the poll indicate that they are very worried by this and they refer to incidents in the past weeks surrounding centers for asylum seekers and municipalities where refugees are housed. Three months ago, the voters who now flock to PVV were supporting other parties: VVD, but also SP, PvdD, 50plus and CDA are losing voters to Wilders.
Read the full article on Eenvandaag.nl (in Dutch).
A key to the acronyms for the Dutch political parties is below the jump.
|VVD||People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie|
|Partij van de Arbeid|
|PVV||Party for Freedom|
|Partij voor de Vrijheid|
|Classical liberal, Islam-critical
|Left-wing populists, former Maoists, to the left of communists
|CDA||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Christian democrats, center-right
|Politieke Partij Democraten 66|
|Centrist social liberals
|Christian Democrats, left-wing, only “conservative” in being ostensibly religious
|Environmentalism plus hard left
|SGP||Reformed Political Party|
|Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij|
|Christian right, advocates a Christian theocracy
|PvdD||Party for Animals|
|Partij voor de Dieren|