Nearly one in four Belgians are in favour of splitting the country, according to a poll conducted by the Dedicated Institute for Soir Mag.
More specifically, 28% of the Flemish people are in favour, as are 18% of the Walloons and 17% of the inhabitants of Brussels.
Incidentally, 56% of those questioned believe that it will not be possible to maintain a unified country in the future. That figure is 58% in Wallonia and 56% in Flanders, and slightly lower in Brussels (46%).
On the other hand, 48% of those questioned are in favour of a status quo in the way in which powers are currently divided between the federal level and the sub-entities.
As for the culprit for the crisis, according to 31%, is the right-wing N-VA, followed by the francophone socialist party (10%) and the francophone liberal party (9%).
The survey was conducted between 28 August and 2 September among 1,303 people.
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After 472 days since the last elections on 26 May 2019, Belgium is still trying to form a full-fledged government. In those elections, Flanders voted overwhelmingly to the right, while Wallonia voted left.
Flemish liberal Egbert Lachaert and Flemish socialist Conner Rousseau are the latest politicians to be tasked with exploring a potential coalition as the current temporary government’s special powers expire on 17 September.
However, Lachaert’s positive Covid-19 test now throws a spanner in the works as it risks slowing down talks.
The Brussels Times