15% of the Curaçao voters want out of the Kingdom
WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao has to step out of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 15% of voters had taken that view in 2012, according to a study of voting behavior in that year by GrootZ. The research was commissioned by journalist Yves Cooper.
68.1% of voters are against this and not 16.9% has no opinion. The opinions on this subject are divided very strong. This stems from previous elections and the referendum of 2009. Curaçao was divided into the YES and NO camp where. YES was to maintain the political ties with the Netherlands. The YES camp narrowly won the referendum (51% against 49%).
The referendum was not directly about the independence of the island but about whether the process of negotiations with the Netherlands on an autonomous status for Curaçao within the Kingdom should be ratified. All the parties in opposition to the then political establishment gathered in the NO camp, which must have been an important base for the rise of the current ruling party Pueblo Soberano (PS) (Sovereign People).
The staunchest supporters of a status within the Kingdom is in the PAR voters (92.2%), followed by the PAIS-voter (81%). PS voters 43% agree that Curaçao has to step out of the kingdom but still more than 31% of the PS voters disagreed. MFK, MAN and PNP are a little bit more divided. 66 to 72% of their voters agree that Curaçao should not step out of the Kingdom.
By Dick Drayer