Of the seven nationalities surveyed in the Eurotracker survey, Danes were the least optimistic about how Trump would do in the White House.
Only one percent of Danish respondents said that Trump would be “a great president” if elected and only an additional two percent think he would be “good”. A full 73 percent think he would be “terrible” while anotherl 14 percent said he would do a “poor” job.
The 87 percent of Danes who think Trump would be a bad president was the highest proportion in the seven-country survey.
Danes were also the among the most likely to fear the thought of Trump sitting in the Oval Office. When asked to choose two to three words to describe how they’ll feel if the Republican candidate wins on November 8th, 62 percent said “afraid” while 53 percent said the results would leave them “sad”. Another 48 percent said they’d be “disappointed” by the American voters’ choice.
The most popular word to describe the feeling Danes will have if they wake up on November 9th to discover that Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has won the election was “relieved”, chosen by 66 percent of respondents. Nearly half of Danes, 46 percent, would be “optimistic” about the first female president.
With that said, Danes don’t seem to expect great things from the former First Lady and Secretary of State. Only 27 percent think Clinton will be a “good” president, with 51 percent saying she would probably be “average”.
Seen with rose-coloured glasses, the YouGov poll did provide one sliver of good news for Trump fans in Denmark. ‘The Donald’ saw a 25 percent increase in the number of Danes who would vote for him if they could, although it was merely a jump from four percent to five.
Eighty-one percent of Danish respondents said they’d cast their vote for Clinton, by far the biggest percentage in the poll.
While Danes of course cannot actually cast a vote, they did manage to make a recent blip on the global election coverage when a bus ad giving Trump ‘googly eyes’ went viral.
Trump's political rise has generally been met by a mix of disbelief and trepidation in Denmark. Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen has said that it would be “much more difficult to work with the US” if Trump becomes president.
“You'd never know what he will believe tomorrow. He changes opinions like the rest of us change underwear,” Jensen told broadcaster DR earlier this year.
Several other Danish politicians have slammed Trump for some of his more outrageous statements and even warned that if he were to assume the White House, Denmark would have to reconsider its relationship with the United States.