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Luxembourg government fails to charm electorate
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Luxembourg government fails to charm electorate

17.06.2015 From our online archive
Foreign residents have more confidence in Luxembourg's government than Luxembourgish voters, a new survey suggests.

Foreign residents have more confidence in Luxembourg's government than Luxembourgish voters, a new survey suggests.

A Politmonitor survey polling 900 residents, of which three quarters were Luxembourgers, found that overall, half of respondents said the government had everything under control. 

Among Luxembourgers, however, it was a different matter. Just over a third (36 percent) said they were confident the government was in control, compared with two thirds of foreign residents (66 percent).

The survey suggested that the nation's political confidence was closely connected to political party affiliation as opposed to the government on the whole. 

Opposition party CSV (conservatives) appeared to inspire the most confidence among respondents (50 percent), followed by coalition parties the LSAP (36 percent), Xavier Bettel's DP (35 percent) and déi gréng (34 percent). 

Déi Lènk inspired the confidence of a quarter of respondents (27 percent) as did ultra-conservative party the ADR (25 percent). 

Popularity contest

Current ministers did not win over voters with the exception of Foreign Affairs Minister who far and ahead the most well-liked (73 percent) and considered most competent (72 percent). Current Prime Minister had the sympathy of less than half of respondents (48 percent) and only half considered him competent (49 percent).

All other ministers had the sympathies of less than half of voters, and were also considered competent by less than half. Culture Minister Maggy Nagel received the poorest score with just 21 percent of respondents considering her competent.

Former cabinet members fared considerably better with former Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker winning the sympathies of 67 percent and considered competence by 79 percent. 

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