Politics at a Glance

  • VVD                                      22%
  • D66                                      14%
  • SP                                           12%
  • PvdA                                     11%
  • Trots op Nederland        10%
  • Partij van de Eenvoud     9%
  • GroenLinks                          8%
  • Leefbaar Utrecht               5%
  • PVU                                         5%
  • CDA                                         4%
  • Christen Unie                      1%
  • De Groenen                         0%

One of the local free papers we get is the Stadsblad, which is currently running a poll to gage the direction people are planning on voting this Wednesday in the municipal elections. It’s curious to note that the CDA and Christen Unie — the main parties that were in power until the government recently dissolved — are ranked at the bottom, with only De Groenen getting fewer votes. Curiouser is the fact that De Groenen have the rebuilding of the nave of the cathedral as part of their agenda. That would be the nave that collapsed in a storm in 1674.

It should be noted, of course, that this poll is for the municipal elections on Wednesday, 3 March, not for the national elections in June. Still, like midterm elections in the US, I’m sure these municipal elections will be closely watched to perhaps get an idea of the direction people are leaning. For those of you familiar with Geert Wilders and his PVV party, it should be noted that the PVV is only on a couple of ballots in the municipal elections and not on the ballot here in Utrecht. Thank goodness. Unfortunately, the PVV seems to be doing quite well in Almere.