Half of Dutch adults support public transport strikes

As unions fail to reach an agreement with Dutch public transport operators over salaries and contracts public transport, Opinium Amsterdam has found that almost half (47%) of Dutch adults approve of the ongoing strikes. Despite the widespread disruptions the strikes have caused across the country, only 17% disapprove of the action.

Support from the public could come from shared frustrations over financial strains, low salaries, job security, and the wider running of the country – as the research found almost two in five (38%) workers are not happy with their own salary. In addition, a fifth (22%) feel unsatisfied with their job security at the moment.

In addition, almost three in five (58%) of all Dutch adults reveal they are struggling with their finances, and two fifths (39%) are not satisfied with their ability to live within their means.

While just over a quarter are optimistic about their finances and the wider economy improving (28% and 26% respectively), significantly more Dutch adults believe things are getting worse. Just over two in five (42%) said they think the economy will get worse over the next 12 months and a similar proportion (40%) think things are getting worse overall.

On top of this, the majority (61%) of Dutch adults think the country is being badly run.

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