Opinions on referendums in the Netherlands 2017

This statistic displays the opinions on referendums in the Netherlands 2017. Respondents taking part in this survey were asked whether they are in favor or against holding referendums to allow voters to directly participate in political decision-making. Nearly 60 percent of the respondents stated to be somewhat or strongly in favor of referendums.
Between 2015 and 2018, the Netherlands experimented with consultative (non-binding) referendums. Two referendums were held about the European Union association agreement with Ukraine (2016) and the Intelligence and Security Services Act (2018), which both resulted in a 'no'. In 2018, the new Rutte III government abolished non-binding referendums in the Netherlands again.

To what extent are you in favor or against referendums?*

Share of the respondents
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Release date

February 2018



Survey time period

November 24, 2017 to December 3, 2017

Number of respondents

2,108 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "In hoeverre bent u voor- of tegenstander van het referendum om kiezers mee te laten beslissen over politieke onderwerpen?" (English: To what extent are you in favor or against the referendum to allow voters to participating in the decision-making about political subjects?)

The results have been weighted to represent the entire population.

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