Danish government party hits worst poll figures for 15 months

The Liberal (Venstre) party, the senior partner in Denmark’s coalition government, has posted its worst figures since July 2017 in a new opinion poll.

Danish government party hits worst poll figures for 15 months
Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

The poll figures can be seen as a disappointment for Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s party after a series of political plans, including next year’s budget along with climate and skilled foreign labour packages, were presented during the early autumn.

The poll, conducted by Voxmeter on behalf of Ritzau, found that 17.3 percent of voters currently support the Liberal party.

That represents a 2.2 point decline since the 2015 general election and the lowest level of support the party has enjoyed since July last year.

Should current projections bear out at next year’s election, the Liberals would see their parliamentary representation shrink from 34 to 31 seats.

The party’s political spokesperson Britt Bager said she did not concern herself with opinion polls.

“Polls tend to go up and down. Sometimes they go up a bit, sometimes they go down a bit. The only poll that counts is the one on election day,” Bager said.

“I am using my energy on politics and solutions that create better everyday lives for Danes,” she added, noting that private sector employment has risen by 152,000 jobs since her party took over government.

Coalition partner the Conservative party will maintain its current six seats despite a small loss of votes, according to the latest projection.

Liberal Alliance, the third party in government, scored 6.4 points in the poll, its best result since December last year.

The environmentalist Alternative party, which is normally part of the ‘red bloc’ of left and centre-left parties in opposition to the current government, is projected to gain ten seats.

But Alternative has said it will not support Social Democrat leader Mette Frederiksen, the nominal prime minister in a red bloc victory, leaving – without Alternative’s seats – a slender margin of 83 seats to 82 in favour of a Frederiksen victory over Rasmussen, according to the Voxmeter poll.

A general election must be called by the prime minister no later than June 17th next year.

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‘This is how to leave office’: Former Danish PM sends Trump a message

Former Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen had a few words of advice for US president Donald Trump on Friday.

'This is how to leave office': Former Danish PM sends Trump a message
Former Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

In a Twitter post, Rasmussen, who was Danish premier from 2009-2011 and 2015-2019, tagged Trump and said he had “just a little piece of advice”.

“This is the right way to leave office with honor once you have lost election,” Rasmussen continued, posting a photograph of himself walking away from the Danish parliament in Copenhagen with a rucksack over his shoulder.

“Thanks for honest conversations over the last 4 years. Let's keep in touch. Best regards. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark,” the former PM concluded.

Trump propagated disinformation about voter fraud prior to the US election and, since Tuesday’s vote, has falsely claimed victory and filed lawsuits in a number of states, before last night making a televised speech so crammed with falsehoods that many news stations cut their broadcasts and even some Republicans condemned it as undermining democracy.

A winner of the US general election is yet to be declared, but vote counting across battleground states shows Democrat Joe Biden steadily closing in on victory.

It’s not the first time Rasmussen, whose time as leader of the Danish government overlapped with Trump’s first two years as president, has challenged the belligerent US commander-in-chief, on social media and elsewhere.

In February 2018, he tweeted Trump to ask for reform on gun control in the wake of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.

He subsequently admitted that his tweet had not set “a new standard for diplomacy”.

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He also made public remarks criticising Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and to censure the president over American tariffs on metal imported into the United States, and called his 2018 speech at the United Nations general assembly “discouraging”.

Rasmussen said prior to meeting Trump for the first time in 2017 that “first and foremost I want to have a good meeting” in “a good atmosphere that will allow me to keep in touch with the American president”.

If his latest social media message to the president is anything to go by, the former prime minister’s feelings haven’t changed in that regard.

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