Under a third of the electorate believes that Prime Minister Helle
Thorning-Schmidt is the best candidate for prime minister after the next
election, whereas 50 per cent point to the Liberal leader Lars Løkke
Rasmussen, according to a Gallup poll for Berlingske.
The paper says that the difference in confidence between the two has never
been greater in a Gallup poll.
Social Democratic Political Spokesman Magnus Heunicke says the reason for the
poll result is that it is much more difficult to be a government leader than
an opposition leader in times of crisis.
“We have to carry out reforms in order to create jobs, but that also means
having to take unpopular decisions. I think we will see a different result
when the economy turns,” Heunicke tells the newspaper and rejects the
argument that the electorate is punishing Helle Thorning-Schmidt as a result
of the debate about broken promises.
According to the poll, voters believe Løkke Rasmussen has the best leadership
qualities and would be best at guiding the country through a crisis. On the
other hand, a majority feel that Thorning-Schmidt has the best welfare
policy and is best at representing Denmark abroad.
Liberal Political Spokeswoman Ellen Trane Nørby says the poll result is
“The recovery programme and retirement reforms may have been unpopular.
Thorning’s campaign statements that it was unnecessary sounded much more
attractive. But the Danes would much rather have a prime minister who leads
with honesty and credibility,” Trane Nørby says.
The poll comes in the wake of an opinion poll for TV2 and Politiken showing
the worst ever Megafon poll for the Social Democrats. The poll showed the
Social Democratic Party on a meagre 16.9 per cent if an election were held
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