If not for the climate of intimidation, PVV supporters would be more open about their votes.
H/T: Diana West
Real Dutch EU election results put CDA on five seats, PVV and D66 on four
The real Dutch results from Thursday’s European election show a slightly different picture than three different exit polls, with an improved performance from both the Christian Democrats and Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration PVV.
The final results, with turnout of 43 percent, are as follows:
- CDA 5 ( was five) (15 percent)
- D66 4 (was three) (15.4 percent)
- PVV 4 (was five) (13.2 percent)
- VVD 3 (unchanged) (11.9 percent)
- PvdA 3 (unchanged) (9.4 percent)
- SP 2 (unchanged) (9.6 percent)
- CU/SGP 2 (was 2) (7.6 percent)
- GroenLinks 2 (unchanged) (7 percent)
- PvdD 1 (was 0) (4.2 percent)
The polls had indicated the PVV would lose two of their five seats. Nevertheless, the PVV vote is down from 17 percent to 13.2 percent, which means PVV support has gone down by around 20 percent.
CDA leader Sybrand Buma said he was ‘delighted’ his party remains the biggest Dutch group within the European parliament.
The CDA have their ‘extra’ MEP because of their link with the orthodox religious parties and 50Plus.
That means any excess CU, SGP and 50PLus votes are transferred to the CDA.
The same vote transfer applies to the Labour party’s link with GroenLinks, which means it has three MEPs – more than the Socialists, despite polling fewer votes.
Wilders used Twitter to describe the actual results as ‘great’. ‘Four seats after all,’ he said. ‘Here’s to forming a big euro-critical grouping within the European parliament with the next president of France, Marine le Pen.