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(05/14/07) -

Christian Democrats, Socialists Ahead in Belgium

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The Christian Democratic and Flemish (CDV) / New Flemish Alliance (NVA) is the most popular political organization in Belgium’s Flemish region, according to a poll by ULB released by Le Soir and RTBF. 29.9 per cent of respondents in Flanders would vote for the CDV/NVA in this year’s legislative election.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The Christian Democratic and Flemish (CDV) / New Flemish Alliance (NVA) is the most popular political organization in Belgium’s Flemish region, according to a poll by ULB released by Le Soir and RTBF. 29.9 per cent of respondents in Flanders would vote for the CDV/NVA in this year’s legislative election.

The Flemish Interest (VB)—which advocates for the outright independence of the Flemish North—is second with 21.9 per cent, followed by the Socialist Party Difference (SP.A) / Spirit with 20.3 per cent, the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD) / Vivant (V) with 16.6 per cent, the Greens! (Groen!) with 6.7 per cent, and List Dedecker with 2.8 per cent.

In Wallonia—the French-speaking south—the Socialist Party (PS) is first with 33.4 per cent, followed by the Reformist Movement (MR) with 24.5 per cent, the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH) with 19 per cent, the Environmentalists (Ecolo) with 9.6 per cent, and the National Front (FN) with 8.2 per cent.

Belgium’s federal election is scheduled for Jun. 10. The governing coalition, led by prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, will seek to repeat the success of the 2003 ballot, where four parties—the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD), the Socialist Party Difference (SP.A) / Spirit, the Reformist Movement (MR) and the Socialist Party (PS)—secured 97 of the 150 seats in the Chamber of People’s Representatives. Verhofstadt has headed the VLD since 1992.

On May 8, Verhofstadt apologized for Belgium’s role in the deportation of Jews to Nazi concentration camps during World War II, declaring, “Only by recognizing the responsibility of the authorities at the time can we build a future where this will never happen again. (…) We have to remember that a big number of official people everywhere in Europe in the public administration have collaborated, have worked together with the Nazi regime in the deportation of Jewish people. We have to acknowledge that and say sorry. Otherwise it is impossible to go forward.”

Polling Data

Voting Intention in Belgium

Flanders

Christian Democratic and Flemish (CDV)
/ New Flemish Alliance (NVA)

29.9%

Flemish Interest (VB)

21.9%

Socialist Party Difference (SP.A) / Spirit

20.3%

Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD)
/ Vivant (V)

16.6%

Greens! (Groen!)

6.7%

List Dedecker

2.8%

Wallonia

Socialist Party (PS)

33.4%

Reformist Movement (MR)

24.5%

Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH)

19.0%

Environmentalists (Ecolo)

9.6%

National Front (FN)

8.2%

Source: ULB / Le Soir / RTBF
Methodology: Interviews with 3,390 Belgian voters, conducted in April 2007. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.