The party of Geert Wilders, a Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker who critics say is a racist, is the third-most popular among local Jews, according to a pre-elections poll of community members.

With 814 respondents, the poll, whose results the Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad Jewish weekly published Thursday ahead of the March 15 general elections, surveyed nearly 2 percent of the Jewish population of the Netherlands. It is one of the most comprehensive polls conducted in recent years among the Dutch Jewish community.

Wilders' right-wing populist Party for Freedom, however, has the vote of 10 percent of Dutch Jews, according to the poll. The party enjoys a 15-percent approval rate in the general population, according to other polls, and is in a tight race for the lead with the ruling, center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.

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