Today’s bi-annual Flandrian opinion poll from TNS shows the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) still dominant in voting intentions, but having slipped to its lowest level of support in this series since 2010. At 26.3 per cent and with an eight-point lead over the Christian Democrats (CD&V) there is no cause for panic for the N-VA, which both leads the Flanders regional government and is an important part of the Belgian Federal coalition. However, today’s score contrasts with some 32.4 per cent gained at the May 2014 election.
After lagging in fifth with TNS for many years, the Flemish Greens (Groen) move up into third place for the first time, edging ahead of the liberals of Open VLD by just 0.3 percentage points. There is a notable loss of ground for the socialists of the SP.A, the largest opposition party in the Flemish Parliament. Hardline nationalists Vlaams Belang (VB) are virtually unchanged.
Federal voting intentions, per cent
(change on September 2016)
Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) 26.1 (-1.5)
Christen-Democratisch & Vlaams (CD&V) 18.6 (+1.8)
De Vlaamse Groenen (Groen) 14.7 (+1.1)
Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (Open VLD) 14.4 (+1.1)
Socialistische Partij.Anders (SP.A) 13.2 (-2.6)
Vlaams Belang (VB) 7.8 (-0.3)
Partij van de Arbeid (PVDA) 4.2 (+0.8)
Others 0.7 (-0.5)
Fieldwork: 27.03-11.04.2017. Released: 19.04.2017. Participants: 1030. Method: Telephone poll. Media partners: VRT, De Standaard.
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