PM Bettel’s party losing voter support in its heartland

The Democratic Party (DP) of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has lost voter support in its traditional stronghold of the central electoral district, a poll showed.

According to the Luxemburger Wort Politmonitor survey the DP would win backing from 17.9 per cent of voters in this constituency if an election took place this Sunday (Sonndesfro). This would be 7.1 percentage points lower than in the last elections in October 2013 where they received 25 per cent.

The largest opposition party, the Christian Social Peoples Party (CSV), would see its share of the district vote rise to 41.8 per cent from 35.3 per cent in 2013. That would translate into a two-seat gain at the DP’s expense. It represents a single gain from the last Politmonitor survey in December 2016.

The Socialists and Workers Party (LSAP) would lose 2.6 percentage points to 12.1 per cent in the same constituency.

The central electoral district is the second largest of four, returning 21 parliamentarians. Bettel’s party governs in a coalition with the LSAP and the Green Party.