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Danish election June 18
The left-wing bloc of parties is closing in on the centre-right according to polls, though the right is still ahead.

Quote:With Denmark’s general election now underway, there seems to be an opinion poll everywhere one looks. And although they still point to a likely victory for the opposition parties, the gap appears to be closing.

Here’s a rundown of opinion polls released from the first day of the election.

‘Red bloc’ closing in
Although her coalition of left-of-centre parties has consistently trailed the opposition in the polls, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt is gambling that she can make up the gap over an intense three-week campaign.

A poll conducted on the election’s first day shows that she may be right.

According to a Gallup poll for Berlingske, the opposition blue bloc parties are at 51.8 percent support to the red bloc’s 48.8 percent. Translated into parliamentary mandates, that would give the opposition 89 seats to Thorning-Schmidt and company’s 86. When factoring in the mandates from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the tally becomes 90-89 in favour of the opposition.

The poll represents a significant jump from one released on Monday which showed the government and its allies with 45.6 percent of voter support, compared to 54.3 percent for the opposition.

“This poll indicates that the momentum that the red bloc has had through the spring will continue into the election. Throughout this election cycle there have been individual polls that were close to showing a red majority but they were exceptions that stuck out from the other polls and were typically tied to [opposition leader Lars] Løkke [Rasmussen’s] various scandals,” Aarhus University political science professor Rune Stubager told Politiko.
http://www.thelocal.dk/20150528/polls-po...h-election
2015 May 28 10:27
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RE: Danish election June 18
Jonni Hansen for president!

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2015 May 28 13:41
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RE: Danish election June 18
The populist DPP became the second largest party, but the centre-right Liberal leader will become PM.

Quote:Now Venstre leader Rasmussen faces the difficult task of forming a government that will possibly include the Danish People's Party as a coalition partner.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt conceded defeat in Thursday's general election after an anti-immigration party scored a record vote to become the second-largest party and lifted the opposition right-wing bloc to victory.

See also: As it happened: Denmark gets centre-right govt

The Danish People's Party (DF) became the largest right-wing party for the first time with 21.1 percent of the vote, giving the grouping 90 seats in parliament.

That compared to 85 for the centre-left bloc of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who resigned as Social Democratic Party leader as she conceded defeat in the closely fought race.

"Now it is up to Lars Løkke Rasmussen to try to form a government," she said, referring to the leader of the main right-wing party Venstre.

Former premier Rasmussen is set to become the prime minister as DF, which backed right-wing governments between 2001 and 2011, has yet to say whether it would seek to join a right-wing government.

It could opt to remain outside government and provide informal support to the right-wing bloc in parliament to pass legislation.

"We are not afraid of being in government if that position gives us the greatest political influence," DF leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl told news agency Ritzau.

"It's not certain that they will give us the concessions needed," he added, referring to a potential right-wing coalition.

DF had campaigned on tighter immigration rules, higher pensions for low-income earners and more money for healthcare and the elderly.
http://www.thelocal.dk/20150619/danish-f...e-bloc-win
2015 Jun 19 17:20
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