The Poll Archive RSS

belgium_view
(03/28/08) -

Belgians Expect Short Life for Government

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Two-thirds of people in Belgium think the current coalition administration will not last until the next scheduled election in 2011, according to a poll by RTL and VTM. 68 per cent of respondents believe the government will not survive for a full term.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Two-thirds of people in Belgium think the current coalition administration will not last until the next scheduled election in 2011, according to a poll by RTL and VTM. 68 per cent of respondents believe the government will not survive for a full term.

In June 2007, a federal election took place in Belgium. Final results gave the Christian Democratic and Flemish (CDV) / New Flemish Alliance (NVA) 30 seats in the Chamber of People’s Representatives. The election sparked a major political crisis, as CVD/NVA leader Yves Leterme failed to assemble a government.

In December, outgoing prime minister Guy Verhofstadt was given a mandate to form an interim government. On Dec. 21, Verhofstadt presented his cabinet, which included finance minister Didier Reynders and interior minister Patrick Dewael. This administration was to remain in office until Mar. 23, 2008.

On Mar. 20, King Albert II appointed Leterme as prime minister. The CVD/NVA leader heads a coalition government that includes the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD) / Vivant (V), the Socialist Party (PS), the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH) and the Reformist Movement (MR).

As he presented his program, Leterme vowed to cut taxes, have a tough stance on immigration, and increase pension benefits. The Belgian prime minister also said he would boost "confidence in the government, not with empty promises but concrete measures by investing in health care, the environment and security."

Polling Data

Do you think the new government will last until the end of the current legislature in 2011?

Yes

19%

No

68%

Not sure

13%

Source: RTL / VTM
Methodology: Interviews with 1,027 Belgian adults, conducted in March 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.