Nationalists increase lead in RTBF/La Libre poll

250 days before next year’s regional, federal and European elections, the Francophone public broadcaster RTBF and the daily 'La Libre' have carried out a poll of voting intentions across Belgium. 903 Flemings were asked how they would vote if elections were held now. The poll was carried last weekend by the polling organisation Dedicated Research.

Of the 710 Flemings that expressed a preference 35.5% said that they would vote for the Flemish nationalist party N-VA. This is up 7.5% on the party’s showing at the last general election and 2.7% more than the party polled in RTBF/La Libre’s last poll in May.

The figures seem to contradict a poll carried out by the commercial broadcasters VTM and RTL-TVI and the daily ‘De Morgen’ that showed a decline in support for Bart De Wever’s party of over 4% (to 30.7%) on a poll carried out earlier this year.

Christain democrats second, socialists third

According to the RTBF/La Libre poll, the second most popular party in Flanders is the Christian democrats. Wouter Beke’s party enjoys the support of 17.3% of those that expressed a preference, up 1.4% on May, but down 0.2% on the party’s showing at the last federal elections.

The party in third place in Flanders is the socialist party SP.a on 12%. This is down 3.3% on the 2010 federal elections and 2.1% on the last RTBF/La Libre poll.

Liberals fourth, far right fifth

Just behind the socialists are the liberals. Open VLD enjoys the support of 11.8% of those that expressed a preference, down 1.1% on the last poll in May and 1.9% on the party’s showing at the last federal elections.

The poll puts the far-right Vlaams Belang at 11.3%, 0.1 down on May and 1.3% down on the party’s performance at the 2010 federal election.

Greens down slightly on 2010

6.9% of those that expressed a preference said that they would vote green. Although this is 0.4% up on the last RTBF/La Libre poll, it is still 0.2% down on the party’s showing in 2010.