Comment: The most revealing news about the poll by Politiken and TV2 of Denmark is that the days of the Danish People’s Party (DPP) appear to be coming to an end as a powerful anti-immigration voice in the country. The DPP has played a key role in Danish politics since 2001 by supporting governments consisting of the Liberals and Conservatives. In exchange for the DPP’s support, the government has offered to pass tougher anti-immigration laws.
Denmark has today one of the strictest immigration laws in the EU.
As the poll shows, the tide is turning against the rhetoric and hardline stance of the anti-immigration DPP. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen vowed to voters that if the Liberals and Conservatives got re-elected to government, the DPP would not form part of the new cabinet.
The DPP is a good example of the possible fate of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party. Anti-immigration rhetoric has its limits politically, even if it has helped keep some far-right parties like the DPP in power for a number of years.
With widespread rumours that the prime minister will be calling an election next week, the latest Megafon opinion poll for Politiken and TV2 puts the opposition alliance firmly ahead.