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Danish Social Democrats slump in polls as corona effect wears off

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.

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

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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2022 DANISH ELECTION

Moderate party downplays importance of joining new Danish government 

After another round of negotiations with acting Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Moderate leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen says it’s beside the point if his party joins Frederiksen’s vision of a ‘broad, central’ government.

Moderate party downplays importance of joining new Danish government 

Rasmussen, who was Prime Minister before Frederiksen when leader of the Liberal (Venstre) party, led the newly-formed Moderates into parliament in their first election on a platform of installing a centrist government.

The Moderates have a relatively strong hand in the negotiations with their 16 seats from 9.3 percent of the vote share in the election, which took place one month ago.

“For us, it’s not a separate ambition to be part of such a government,” Rasmussen said outside of the prime minister’s official residence at Marienborg on Wednesday.

“Whether we are in or not is less important. But we want to put ourselves in a position where we can influence the content. That’s what matters,” he said. 

“It strikes me that Mette Frederiksen and I go a long way towards sharing the analysis of what’s good for Denmark,” he added.

READ ALSO: What does Denmark’s Liberal party want from government negotiations?

Rasmussen has previously backed a potential government involving the Social Democrats and Liberals along with the Moderates, calling it an “excellent starting point”.

But he said on Wednesday that his party could lend support to a central coalition without being part of the government itself.

The Moderates could be influential “by forming the parliamentary basis for a government which consists of parties from both sides of the infamous political centre,” he said.

Although the centrist party is heavily involved in talks led by Frederiksen, it does not have decisive seats which could give either the left or right wings an overall majority. The left wing ‘red bloc’ took a single-seat victory in the November 1st election, meaning a left-wing government could be formed without the support of the Moderates.

But Frederiksen has eschewed the option of a government reliant on the support of the parties furthest to the left, the Red Green Alliance and Alternative, maintaining her pre-election pledge to seek a coalition across the centre.

There is no majority which could put a ‘blue bloc’ or conservative government in place.

READ ALSO: Five things to know about the Danish election result

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