Integration Minister Inger Støjberg. Photo: Bax Lindhardt/ Scanpix
Danish voters were asked in a Megafon poll for TV2 and Politiken which member of the Venstre government they think has performed their duties best since taking power in June.
Integration Minister Inger Støjberg – the driving force behind welfare cuts for refugees, much-discussed ads encouraging refugees to stay away from Denmark, and controversial changes to citizenship rules – came out on top, with 20 percent of the votes.
Aarhus University political science professor Rune Stubager told Politiken that it was unsurprising that Støjberg would come out on top at a time when Denmark is experiencing its largest influx of refugees in decades.
“She is unquestionably the minister who is getting the most exposure at the moment. And she has had the opportunity to do some of the things that ‘blue bloc’ voters can like, namely to announce tougher rules within the area of foreigners,” he said.
Justice Minister Søren Pind, who has branded himself as a ‘new sheriff in town’, was second with 16 percent while Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen took third with 15 percent. Defence Minister Carl Holst took dead last with zero percent of voters.
The real winner of the poll, however, was nobody.
A full 32 percent of respondents said that they didn’t think a single minister has performed well since taking office.