(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The far-right Party for Freedom (PvdV) has once more become the most popular party in the Netherlands, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. A prospective tally of seats shows that the PvdV would win 27 mandates in the next legislative election, up two since early January.

The ruling Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) is in second place with 24 seats—down three in less than a month. The Democrats 66 (D66) and the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) are tied for third place with 22 mandates, followed by the Labour Party (PvdA) with 16, the Socialist Party (SP) with 14, and the Green Left (GL) with 13. Support is lower for the Christian Union (CU), the Party for the Animals (PvdD), the Reformed Political Party (SGP), and Proud of the Netherlands (ToN).

Dutch voters renewed the Second Chamber in November 2006. The CDA—led by current minister president Jan Peter Balkenende—secured 41 out of 150 seats. In February 2007, a coalition encompassing the CDA, the PvdA of Wouter Bos, and the CU of Andre Rouvouet was assembled.

In June 2009, the PvdV won four of the 25 Dutch seats in the European Parliament

The PvdV has recently gained notoriety due to Geert Wilders, its controversial leader. In 2008, Wilders released a movie titled Fitna depicting Islam as a violent religion, and comparing the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s "Mein Kampf". In January 2009, an Amsterdam court ordered prosecutors to call Wilders to trial for inciting hatred. Wilders has called the decision an "attack on public debate."

Wilders’s trial is scheduled to begin in October. Earlier this month, Wilders was notified that he will be allowed to call upon three witnesses, instead of the 18 he had requested, and that the hearings will be held in closed doors. The lawmaker expressed his disappointment, saying, "The court is not interested in the truth or a fair trial."

Polling Data

What party would you vote for in the next parliamentary election?
(Results presented in seats)

 

Jan. 30

Jan. 9

Dec. 11

Party for Freedom (PvdV)

27

25

26

Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA)

24

27

26

Democrats 66 (D66)

22

21

21

People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)

22

23

21

Labour Party (PvdA)

16

14

15

Socialist Party (SP)

14

15

15

Green Left (GL)

13

14

14

Christian Union (CU)

6

6

7

Party for the Animals (PvdD)

3

2

2

Reformed Political Party (SGP)

2

2

2

Proud of the Netherlands (ToN)

1

1

1

Source: Maurice de Hond
Methodology: Interviews with 1,000 Dutch adults, conducted on Jan. 30, 2010. No margin of error was provided.