Small majority Dutch behind 2G, but support for coronavirus policy falls

A small majority of the population (55 percent) supports the premise of the so-called 2G system, whereby people only get a QR code if they are fully vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. A recent negative test is no longer sufficient.

Twelve percent are neutral over 2G and 31 percent are against. The resistance is the biggest among the supporters of the SGP (no more than 7 percent for), Forum for Democracy (10%) and the Christian Union (30 percent). More than 60 percent of the PVV voters are in favour. This is evidenced by a representative study by I&O Research among 2207 Dutch people commissioned by deCCeit.

The cabinet wants to introduce the system to hospitality and events and in the long term also make it possible on the workplace, among other things. In society, this intention leads to division because it excludes unvaccinated persons. And also in the House of Representatives, many parties are hiccuping against it, including the Christian Union. Today, the House is debating the corona policy, including 2G.

Young people more often

More than half of the Dutch therefore support the general principle of 2G; the exact circumstances in which it is and is not acceptable, were not asked in the poll. However, the investigation contains the statement companies should be able to ban non-vaccinated people from coming to the office. 47 percent agree.

In addition to the supporters of SGP, FvD and ChristenUnie, young people (up to 35 years) are also not enthusiastic about the 2G system. Of them, only 35 percent are ahead of them. The same applies to migrants with a non-Western background (37 percent for). These groups have a relatively large number of non-vaccinated people. The most positive are voters for VVD and D66, with more than 70 percent support. These parties also seem to agree to the system in the House.

The package of measures introduced by the cabinet last weekend – 2G was not part of that yet, but, for example, earlier closure of stores – causes further division among the population. What a third (33 percent) is for, the same part believes that more stringent measures are needed. Together, 28 percent want to relax the measures (17 percent) or even let go completely (11 percent). Six out of ten think the limited lockdown is fair.

What these different groups have in common in this discussion is that they are becoming increasingly critical of the policy of the cabinet. Unvaccinated people were already, but it is now also true for the vaccinated. For the first time since I&O Research started to measure support for the corona approach (March last year), a majority (57 percent) have no or only limited confidence. At the previous measurement in October, that was only 36 percent; 64 percent had that confidence.


According to researcher Peter Kanne of I&O Research, Dutch people expect more vision and decisiveness from the government counterclockwise or clockwise, even in the longer term. โ€œLast year, there was still the necessary understanding for the cabinet, which was also raided by this crisis. But now the idea prevails that one should have learned from previously made mistakes and that a wandering policy is being pursued. Half (48 percent) think looking back that the easing of the end of September were irresponsible. The benefit of the doubt, which was previously often removed from the stable, has now completely evaporated. โ€

Kanne calls 2G โ€œthe new fissile fungus in corona societyโ€. He sees more and more incomprehension among vaccinated people for people who dont get vaccinated. They increasingly believe that this type of action should be taken which are particularly restrictive for non-vaccinated persons. While the latter group feels more and more corner, its freedoms feel limited and the government increasingly considers it a dictatorship.