D66 already had a hard time one day before the breakthrough in last Wednesday’s formation. The party brought the story into the world that informateur Johan Remkes was confused after a long formation session on Monday and that this may have happened under the influence of alcohol.
A day later, the game took a turn. After months of barring CU from substantive talks about a new cabinet, party leader Sigrid Kaag showed his willingness on Wednesday to discuss a restart of the cabinet with that party and VVD and CDA.
According to pollster Maurice de Hond, this leads to the greatest joy among VVD and CDA voters. About eighty percent agree. The majority of CU voters are also satisfied with it. At D66 they are divided, says De Hond. Roughly a third (35 percent) is positive, a third negative (30 percent) and a third neutral (35 percent).
The VVD is the largest party with 35 seats in the poll by De Hond, D66 and PVV now share second place with 17 seats. The CDA has been languishing since the elections. Of the 15 seats that the party won in March, only five are left, De Hond estimates.
A possible list of former CDA MP Pieter Omtzigt has not been included in this week’s results. People who participated in the poll were asked what they would do if that were an option. According to De Hond, Omtzigt could win 25 seats.