Far-right political parties, such as PVV, BBB, and FvD, have gained significant traction among students in the Friesland region, a survey conducted by the Friesch Dagblad newspaper has revealed. The collective support for these three parties amounted to nearly 54 percent of the votes cast in student elections across schools in the province.
Shift in youth’s political leanings
Geert Wilders’ party garnered backing from almost 20 percent of Friesland’s student voters, closely followed by BBB with 18 percent and FvD with 16 percent. Notably, at the Aeres VMBO in Leeuwarden, PVV secured a significant 30 percent of the votes. In contrast to their counterparts in the rest of the Netherlands, students in Friesland displayed notably higher preferences for BBB (nationally 7.7 percent), PVV (nationally 15.9 percent), and FvD (nationally 13.3 percent).
This shift in political allegiance away from progressive and Christian parties suggests a significant change in the youth’s political preferences within Friesland, indicating a departure from previously held inclinations.
Social media and student vote
Over 5400 students from Friesland actively engaged in the elections, marking a threefold increase from the 2021 participation numbers. Back then, the VVD dominated the polls with 22 percent of the votes, followed by PVV at 11 percent and D66 at 10 percent.
FvD’s active presence on TikTok and Instagram has caught the attention of the youth. “It seems like the party’s stances resonate with young people ,” says fifteen-year-old Tristan, one of the involved students.
Nationally, PVV and FvD secured the highest student votes, claiming 25 and 21 seats, respectively. Notably, the VVD took the third spot in the national rankings. However, Pieter Omtzigt’s NSC party didn’t capture the interest of the younger demographic, receiving a mere 2.8 percent of the student votes. Overall, a record-breaking 144,000 students across 397 educational institutions participated in the elections.