Elections 2024: One in five Belgian voters still undecided

A large number of Belgian voters are still undecided about which political party to vote for on Sunday. Figures from Belgian universities show that around 20 per cent of the voters haven't made up their minds yet.

18 per cent of people in Flanders, 21 per cent in Wallonia and 16 per cent in Brussels do not yet know who they will vote for on Sunday, the analysis shows.

The researchers examined who the undecided voters are and why they are still unsure. “It turns out they are not so much disaffected voters, but people who are less concerned with politics,” researcher Jonas Lefevere of the University of Antwerp told Flemish broadcaster VRT. “They have sympathy for multiple parties and therefore are still unsure who they will vote for.”

"They are not so much disaffected voters, but people who are less concerned with politics"

Compared to the 2019 elections, more voters without higher education have already made up their minds. “One possible explanation is the success of Vlaams Belang and PVDA/PTB, two parties that score well among voters with lower education levels. So some of the undecided voters from 2019 may already have a clear preference this time.”

The number of undecided voters has barely dropped since the beginning of the campaign. According to the researchers, this confirms the results of previous studies in Belgium and other countries, which show that undecided voters do not make up their minds until very late, and often only in the last days before the election.

The survey was first conducted in February and March and again in May. The analysis was carried out by UAntwerp, Université libre de Bruxellee, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, UC Louvain, KU Leuven, UNamur and UGent.

Voters at a polling station © PHOTO BELPRESS

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