Too often in The Hague it is about The Hague itself and too little about problems affecting people in the country. This is what a large majority of Dutch people think, according to research conducted by I&O Research commissioned by DeccEit. Eight out of ten agree with the statement politics is too concerned with itself, rather than solving the problems of the people of the country.
A large part of the opinion is that The Hague will have to work more on itself in the coming period. Seven out of ten want politics to realise a new culture of governance. This means, above all, more transparency, openness and dualism, something that has recently been discussed very much at the Binnenhof following the childcare care affair. More than a quarter of people are confident that this new culture will actually be there.
“ There is a considerable responsibility on the political leaders who are now starting the formation,” says researcher Peter Kanne of I&O Research. “For decades, we have seen voters running away from the old driver parties and seeking refuge from protest and smaller niche parties. These voters in particular are sceptical about the extent to which politics can renew itself.”
What the current cabinet has been reproined in recent times is the frustration of dualism, the separation between cabinet and parliament. In short: too much consultation in backrooms, which prevents the House of Representatives from performing its control task properly. This includes trying to be brief for MPs who are members of a coalition party, as emerged from, among other things, the minutes of ministers which have been made public.
According to the research, most of the Dutch are attached to dualism. Two-thirds believe that parliamentarians of coalition parties should, above all, fulfil their role as elected representatives and be critical of the cabinet. Only five percent consider dualism subordinate and say that Coalition MPs are mainly on earth to support the Cabinet. These are relatively often VVD voters.
Publication of the minutes also led to a disengage on the withholding of information on the payment affair. PVV leader Wilders said that administrators should be prosecuted for withholding information. More than 40 percent of the Dutch agree with him, according to the research conducted by I&O Research.
In the context of forming a new cabinet, Informer Tjeenk Willink spoke a lot about the administrative culture in recent weeks. Last Friday he came up with his final report, which was largely about a cultural change. He also wanted to say something about the dolls, namely that by far most parties do not rule out Rutte (seen by some as the symbol of old culture) as the next prime minister.
Politics seems to be getting out of step with the rest of the Netherlands. Half of the Dutch think that a new culture of governance does not go hand in hand with VVD leader Rutte as Prime Minister. Three out of ten think that D66 leader Kaag cannot become a minister under that new culture again. And a little more, more than a third, thinks that Minister and CDA leader Hoekstra has nothing to do with such a next cabinet.
In any case, confidence in all ministers has fallen in recent months. At the beginning of March, 49% still had confidence in ministers in general, and now 40%. Confidence in the government also fell, but slightly less sharply: from 53 to 47 percent.
“ What we are seeing at the moment is that all the leaders of the old, larger parties are valued lower than before the elections due to the formation problems,” says researcher Kanne. “While the leaders of the new, smaller parties are more appreciated. The old parties do not seem to get away with the old, non-transparent way of governance.”
All the harrewar has led to a considerable delay in the formation (think of Tjeenk Willeks predecessors Ollongren, Jorritsma, Great Tit and Van Ark who could not finish their job). 46 percent think that delay is acceptable, 40 percent not.
A slightly larger part of the opinion that speed should now be made: 54% oppose even more delays. Especially voters of SGP (88 percent), VVD (78 percent) and CDA (66 percent) believe that. Left voters (SP, Party for the Animals, PvdA, GL) and Volt-supporters have less difficulty with additional delay.