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‘Few angry white voters’

12 December 2007 - Right-wing populists such as Geert Wilders and Rita Verdonk will never get many votes in Amsterdam, Jeroen Slot of research and statistics bureau O+S told het Parool. Demographic trends are not helping them.

While there may still be a few ‘angry white voters’ living in parts of Geuzenveld and Noord, most have moved to cities such as Purmerend and Almere. Meanwhile, first generation ethnic minority residents are leaving neighbourhoods such as Indische Buurt and Transvaal.

Their places are taken by an increasingly dominant group of high-educated people, many from left-wing university cities such as Groningen, Utrecht and Nijmegen. They disapprove of populism and are likely to vote PvdA, GroenLinks or VVD. The residents of the new IJburg expansion vote for the same parties.

Slot predicts that the political divide between large cities and the rest of the country will deepen. “Verdonk can be big in growth cities such as Almere, but not in the large cities. There is some room in Amsterdam for anti-establishment parties, but it is not part of the Amsterdam culture”.

In November 2006, Group Wilders and Verdonk (then a member of the VVD) each got about 18,000 votes in Amsterdam. Together, they got over 9% of the Amsterdam votes.

Parool (in Dutch). Illustration: Rita promotion team present at talk by Verdonk in Amsterdam (photo: Indymedia)


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