Ipsos: Dutch trust in politics plummeted

The Dutch‘s trust in politics has fallen considerably over the past year. A majority of six out of ten Dutch people have little or very little confidence in national politics. That’s a much bigger group than last year when it came to four out of ten. This is shown by an Ipsos survey conducted in the run-up to Prinsjesdag on behalf of deCCeit.

Confidence in the cabinet itself and in demissionary Prime Minister Rutte has also been given a cheek. Last year, confidence increased after the major measures in the corona crisis, and there is little left of it now. More than six out of ten people surveyed have no confidence in the demissionary cabinet. With a 4.9, that is insufficient, where the cabinet received a sufficient amount in the Parliamentary elections in March, a 6.0. Trust has also fallen in Rutte.

Voters of parties on the flanks of the political spectrum (Forum, PVV, SP, JA21) in particular have little confidence in national politics. Among the parties currently participating in the formation talks, there is significantly less confidence under the CDA‘s supporters than D66 people and VVDs. 57percent of CDA members have little or very little confidence in national politics.

Trust among the Dutch has collapsed due to three main themes: health policy, housing market and stug formation. At Ipsos, 72 percent answered in the affirmative whether the long duration of the formation is bad for their trust in politics. A similar percentage believes that the Netherlands cannot afford months of formation due to the problems that arise.

People on the street think there’s a lot to improve:

Other issues and issues that have been bad for confidence in politics include the debacle of child allowances, immigration and asylum policies, elderly care, the approach to the corona crisis and climate policy.

Ipsos also specifically asked the Dutch about their trust in the main authorities involved in the corona crisis: RIVM, security region, mayor, demissionary Prime Minister Rutte and demissionary Minister of Health De Jonge. Where the appreciation for the first three is fairly stable, the two officials see the appreciation for their approach to the corona crisis drop considerably.

Last year, two-thirds found Rutte tackling the corona crisis well, now it‘s less than half. Four out of ten think Rutte is doing bad or very badly (21 percent last year). In De Jonge, the image is similar. Last year, 59 percent felt he was tackling the crisis well, now only 47 percent.

The main file for the new cabinet to work with is the housing market. Many seem to agree with the thousands who gathered in Amsterdam over a week ago to draw attention to housing distress, especially among young people.

In the Ipsos survey, one third of those surveyed said they are unable to access appropriate living quarters. Building housing at the expense of farmland is a good idea, according to four out of ten people. A quarter agree to sacrifice nature reserve for housing construction if necessary.


is striking is that two new names in politics are among the highest rated politicians: Laurens Dassen van Volt and Caroline van der Plas of BBB are ex aequo on two. First is former CDA player Pieter Omtzigt, who played an important role in denouncing the payment affair. He is now a one-man group and is hard for greater transparency in the Hague politics. The protagonists in the formation talks, who once again failed to make a breakthrough last weekend, have to do it with a significantly lower grade.

The formation players Rutte (VVD), Hoekstra (CDA) and Kaag (D66) received 6.2, 6.7 and 5.7 respectively in 2020.


Dutch have more confidence in the economic prospects. About 30 percent of the population expects the economy to increase, doubling over last year. At the same time, the corona crisis continues to keep an impact on many households, according to the Ipsos survey.

Just like last year, more than a quarter say that the corona crisis is negative for his or her personal financial situation, young people just a little more likely than older people. The percentage of the population who cannot make ends meet remains relatively small but substantial, with about 8 percent like previous years. There is also a relatively large group (35 percent) that says they are โ€œbut justโ€. In this case too, older people are more often left than young people at the end of the month.

The economic recovery has now been initiated, but by far the majority of the Dutch people are seeing little of it.Seven out of ten indicate that they don’t notice anything, and a quarter but a little bit.

About the Survey

Research firm Ipsos sampled last week under 1993 the Dutch voting. This is a representative sample, where deviations between the composition of the sample participants and the composition of the Dutch population have been corrected for example age, gender, education, region, efficacy and region. The data was collected from Wednesday, September 8 th to Tuesday morning, September 14th.