Rotterdam's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is the most popular Dutch politician, according to research involving 11,000 people for news agency ANP and quoted by the Telegraaf.

Aboutaleb scores 7.49 out of 10, beating Amsterdam's mayor Eberhard van der Laan by 0.48 percentage point. Bottom of the popularity poll of 12 is Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam PVV, who scored less than 3.

Aboutaleb, who became the first Muslim mayor in the Netherlands when he took over the helm in Rotterdam in 2009, is not only popular among his own party (Labour) and the VVD, the researchers found.

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