Winners and losers in Dutch opinion poll

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The Dutch Socialist Party (SP) appears to be continuing its climb in popularity and has almost reached the record level of support it had in 2006, when it won 25 seats in parliament.

An opinion poll from leadng pollster Maurice de Hond says the party would win 23 seats if an election were held now. The score is one better than the SP’s showing in last week’s poll. At present the party has just 15 MPs in the Lower House.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD still comes out on top in the poll, with a projected 32 seats, one less than last week, but one more than its actual number of current MPs.

The populist Freedom Party (PVV) led by Geert Wilders, which supports the minority government from the parliamentary benches, would win 28 MPs now, according to the poll. There are at present 24 PVV MPs in parliament.

The Labour Party (PvdA) seems to be continuing its downward slide in popularity. The poll indicates that it would only win 17 seats in an election, 13 fewer than it has now.

The Maurice de Hond polls question at least 2,500 individuals taken from a pool of over 40,000 people. The surveys are carried out via the internet.

(mw/imm)

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