The old voting pattern of the Freedom Party
Voter research two weeks ago showed that the profile of people who want to vote Geert Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) is increasingly conform to the Dutch average. While earlier Freedom Party voters had lower average incomes than the Dutch average, well-educated and prosperous voters are incresingly indicating that they want to vote for the Freedom Party.
The issue for the new base of support: Freedom of Speech
The issue that fires these new Freedom Party voters most strongly is Freedom of Speech. Voter research shows that the Dutch middle class is becoming increasingly concerned about the State encroaching on the Freedom of Speech. The Netherlands has seen such encroachment in the arrest of Dutch Cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot and the prosecution of Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders.