Opinion polls score much-needed Dutch election win

Opinion polls score much-needed Dutch election winBy John Geddie and Philip Blenkinsop LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch election results eased investor concerns on Thursday that opinion polls were systematically underestimating the strength of populist feeling, especially in France, after an outcome broadly in line with surveys of voter intentions. Pollsters had been chastised for not capturing an anti-establishment upsurge before 2016′s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s U.S. election, even though both results were within a reasonable margin of error. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s victory, after fending off a challenge from far-right rival Geert Wilders, appears to have silenced some of those critics in what could be an important factor for maintaining financial stability ahead of French, German, and possibly Italian elections, later this year.

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