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Opinions on elected mayors in the Netherlands 2017

This statistic displays the opinions on elected mayors in the Netherlands in 2017. In September 2017, a majority of approximately 60 percent of the respondents taking part in this survey said they would like to have an elected mayor. Roughly 35 percent of the participants stated to be against an elected mayor. Eight percent of the respondents did not have an opinion or did not know.

Are you in favor of an elected mayor?*

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Release date

September 2017



Survey time period

September 3, 2017

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Bent u voor een gekozen burgermeester?"

Currently, there are no elected mayors in the Netherlands. Instead, mayors are appointed by the Head of State King Willem-Alexander, acting on a proposal of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, and on the recommendation of the municipal council.

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