PVV Voters Most Loyal to their Party
THE HAGUE, 03/08/13 - Nearly a year after the general elections, about 25 percent of those who voted in the elections regret their choice, the Political Barometer of Ipsos concludes.
Overall, three-quarters of the voters still back the choice they made in the polling booth. Among the conservative (VVD) and Labour (PvdA) voters, however, one-third regretted their choice. This is in line with the recent polls, in which these parties have consistently lost ground.
The most loyal are those who voted for Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV). Among these. 90 percent still back the choice they made. Centre-left D66 also gets a high score here.
In the case of the VVD and PvdA, about one-third of their voters have since switched to supporting other parties. The VVD has lost voters to the PVV, the Christian democrats (CDA) or 50Plus, while among PvdA voters, the dissatisfied are switching in the direction of D66, the leftwing Greens (GroenLinks) or 50Plus.
Among the biggest opposition parties, the Socialist Party (SP) has faced the biggest number of defections, with one in four switching to 50Plus, GroenLinks or the PVV. The party of Wilders was most successful in retaining its voters: Only 5 percent of them have switched, to the VVD, 50Plus or the Party for Animals.