Danish Social Democrats slump in polls as corona effect wears off

Danish Social Democrats slump in polls as corona effect wears off
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visits an adult eduction centre outside Copenhagen. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Denmark's ruling Social Democrats have plummetted in a new poll, adding to growing evidence that the "pandemic boost" the party has enjoyed since last March is wearing off.

The poll for the Berlingske newspaper by opinion researchers Kantar Gallup, found that 26.7 percent of voters planned to vote for the party, down from a high of 33.1 percent at the party’s polling peak last June. 

The poll also brought bad news to the centre-right Liberal Party, and the populist Danish People’s Party.

The former is still languishing with the support of just 12.8 percent of voters, putting it behind the formerly minority Conservative Party, which had the support of 13.6 percent.

The populist Danish People’s Party, meanwhile, has fallen still further behind the upstart New Right party, with the support of 5.6 percent of voters compared to the New Right’s 8.5 percent.

In another sign of the upheaval on Denmark’s right, the Christian Democratic Party, which was knocked out of parliament in the 2005 election and failed to get over the 2 percent parliamentary threshold in the four following general elections is now polling at 2.3 percent.


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