View Poll Results: Who would you vote for in the Danish general election of 2015?

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  • Venstre (Liberal)

    2 15.38%
  • Social Democrat

    5 38.46%
  • Danish People's Party

    1 7.69%
  • Social Liberal

    0 0%
  • Socialist People's Party

    0 0%
  • Red-Green Alliance

    2 15.38%
  • Liberal Alliance

    0 0%
  • Conservative People's

    2 15.38%
  • The Alternative

    0 0%
  • Christian Democrat

    1 7.69%
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Thread: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

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    Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    June 18th is the election. Major parties include:

    Liberal (more commonly known as Venstre): Currently the largest party in parliament, although they are not part of the incumbent government. A right-leaning liberal party, focused on trimming down the Danish welfare state, cutting taxes, austerity, and because the fill the role of Denmark's largest right-wing party, they also support policies tightening immigration restrictions.

    Social Democrats: The leading party in the incumbent government, they elected the first female prime minister of Denmark back in 2011, Helle Thorning Schmidt. (She's the one who took a selfie with Barack Obama) Traditionally a social democratic party that built up the extensive Danish welfare state to what it is today, today they take a more centrist approach to governing, and have increasingly cooperated with right-wing parties, such as tax cuts for the rich. They are still quite socially liberal, exemplified when they legalized gay marriage in Denmark, and are opposed to any increase in immigration restrictions.

    Danish People's Party: They are specifically focused on restricting immigration, and their influence in Danish politics has resulted in Denmark having the strictest immigration laws of any Western nation. They reject multiculturalism and Islam, and even go so far as to demand banning all non-Western immigration with the exception of refugees. Other positions include preserving the Danish monarchy, increasing criminal penalties for most crimes, legalizing hate speech, and improving living conditions for the elderly. They demand Denmark leaving the EU, and side with Serbia over Kosovo and Taiwan over China in foreign policy. They are generally viewed as the radical right of Danish politics, but hold some center-left positions on the social safety net.

    Social Liberal: They are currently part of the Social Democrat's coalition government. The party portrays itself as a centrist party, but supports the left over the right in most cases. Often viewed as a party of the "urban elite," they support undoing immigration restrictions, a green tax shift which would include a carbon tax with reduced income taxes, and decentralizing educational curriculums to focus less on standardized testing.

    Socialist People's Party: A creation of the new left movement of the mid to late 20th century, the party was formerly part of the government coalition with the Social Democrats, but left in protest of the government's decision to sell shares of the state-owned energy company to Goldman Sachs. The party was left divided after its decision to become part of a government coalition for the first time ever was widely viewed as a failure. The party preaches democratic socialism, feminism, and anti-austerity platform. Due to Denmark not having a green party for most of its history, the SPP has traditionally filled this role, and is strongly environmentalist. It is also divided on the issue of EU membership.

    Red-Green Alliance: A democratic socialist outfit, it is the only left-wing party not in the government coalition, and is particularly opposed to the Social Democrats recent shift to the center. Party positions include abolition of tuition fees, nationalization of banks, increasing foreign aid, Danish withdrawal from both the European Union and NATO, feminism, and opposition to austerity. They are vocally opposed to both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but voted in favor of intervention in Libya in 2011.

    Liberal Alliance: A fairly new party founded in 2007, the Liberal Alliance is a libertarian party. Unlike the other right-wing parties, the party opposes immigration restrictions. Other positions include support for a 40% flat tax, increasing foreign aid, a pro-EU foreign policy, and reducing public spending. It is the only party in support of nuclear power.

    Conservative People's Party: Formerly the largest right-wing party in Denmark, it is a shell of its former self and has been on a slow decline for decades. The party is more socially conservative than Venstre, despite the fact that their current leader is gay (although gay rights are largely accepted in Denmark). They generally support austerity, lower taxes, and general right-wing economic policies.

    Parties outside Parliament:

    The Alternative: Founded in 2013, it is contesting its first general election. The party generally adheres to green values of sustainability, environmentalism, and internationalism, although it also emphasizes entrepreneurship and support for small business.

    Christian Democrat: They came up short of winning seats in 2011, and it's questionable whether or not they will now. Generally the most socially conservative, they are the only explicitly pro-life party, and are opposed to pornography and support decentralization of government services to local areas.
    Social democrat is no longer an accurate description of my views.

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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    I'd need more information to make a real decision if I actually lived there, but based on your descriptions, the Social Democrats sound like the most similar to my way of thinking, though I might also consider Venstre and the Liberal Alliance based on your descriptions.
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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    I know almost nothing about the politics of Denmark, would not even begin to look at it using US political terms.
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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    Like those before me, i wouldn't vote for the options above. I don't vote for parties, I vote for people.
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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    I vote for the one that agrees to balance the budget every year no matter what (except for a major, declared war on another country).

    I assume that is none of the above...so I would vote for none of the above.
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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    Liberal/Venstre, almost certainly.

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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    I ran out of space in the original post, but I would probably support the Red-Green Alliance. I would have voted SPP in 2011 without hindsight, but they've shown that when in government, they're not really effective at accomplishing their goals, and can't be a strong political force when they're so bitterly divided, even though they're probably closer to me politically than the Red-Greens, who are a bit too radical for my taste.

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    I know almost nothing about the politics of Denmark, would not even begin to look at it using US political terms.
    The only difference in terminology between Danish and U.S. politics is the use of the term liberal, which like in most European countries refers more to free-market liberalism as opposed to left liberalism. Other than that, the only difference here is that I'm writing in English, not Danish. :p

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    Like those before me, i wouldn't vote for the options above. I don't vote for parties, I vote for people.
    That isn't really an option in countries with a parliamentary system elected by proportional representation. Like it or not, citizens of Denmark are forced to vote for parties instead of individuals.

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I vote for the one that agrees to balance the budget every year no matter what (except for a major, declared war on another country).

    I assume that is none of the above...so I would vote for none of the above.
    When the Liberals/Venstre were in power in 2011 (before the election), they promised to balance the budget by 2020 by cutting pensions. Not sure if that changes anything for you. You may have been interested in the Progress Party before they stopped contesting elections. Their platform included a repeal of 90% of all legislation, and with exception of an anti-Islamic immigration stance, they were essentially a more "purist" libertarian group than the Liberal Alliance.
    Social democrat is no longer an accurate description of my views.

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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post


    The only difference in terminology between Danish and U.S. politics is the use of the term liberal, which like in most European countries refers more to free-market liberalism as opposed to left liberalism. Other than that, the only difference here is that I'm writing in English, not Danish. :p



    That isn't really an option in countries with a parliamentary system elected by proportional representation. Like it or not, citizens of Denmark are forced to vote for parties instead of individuals.
    I honestly did not know that. So they vote party, then the party picks people to fill in the seats?
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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    I honestly did not know that. So they vote party, then the party picks people to fill in the seats?
    Well in proportional party-list system yes. Usually the leader of the party takes the first spot and then the cabinet and other prominent members of the party. It solves the problem of a party leader or other prominent members of a party losing their seats.
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    Re: Danish Election 2015- How would you vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I vote for the one that agrees to balance the budget every year no matter what (except for a major, declared war on another country).

    I assume that is none of the above...so I would vote for none of the above.
    They all do that.. soo...
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