Discussions with party leaders also did little to determine the final vote. Only 14 percent of voters said those discussions played a role in party choice. This was not the case for 56 percent.
These percentages are roughly the same when voters were asked whether the last few weeks’ campaign had played a role in party choice: Just over half of voters say they have not been affected in recent weeks.
The poll also showed that half of voters say they have carefully studied the parties’ positions before voting. This is significantly higher among voters up to the age of 34, with 60 percent having studied party programs.
For a quarter of voters, voting assistance (Stemwijzer, Kieskompas, or other website) played a major role in party selection. Half of the voters say this does not matter. These percentages vary among young people: 40% say voice assistance played a major role, and 25% say no.
When asked when they will decide which party to vote for, a quarter of them replied that they made the decision months ago. Another quarter chose in recent weeks, and another quarter did so in the days leading up to the election.
Ten percent of people made their own choice on election day. Only five percent chose at the polling booth, with a red pencil in hand.