Both Peil.nl and the Politieke Barometer have published new polls, and I’ve added them to the polls page.
The VVD has become the second-largest party in the Politieke Barometer, too, celebrating that fact by taking another seat from the CDA. It’s clear now that the campaign will at least start as a PvdA vs. VVD fight. Nobody yet knows whether the CDA will knuckle under or stage yet another improbable comeback, but Balkenende’s party starts on the defensive.
However, as you can see in my forecast in the sidebar, I still think that the CDA will finish before the VVD. I’ll only believe in a VVD as second (or maybe largest?) party when the polls still point that way a week before the elections.
Other than that the Peil.nl poll was easily the most boring one possible: one seat moves from D66 to VVD. The Politieke Barometer one is a bit more lively with four seats changing hands, one from CDA to VVD, one from CDA to CU, one from D66 to PvdA, and one from PvdD to SP.
The Purple PvdA+VVD+D66 coalition now also has a majority in both polls, just as the right VVD+CDA+PVV coalition. At least there’s some choice here.
This sort of polls that only marginally change the big picture will continue at least until the start of the proper campaign, which I expect in about two weeks.
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