Denmark expected to shift leftwards in election

AP , Wednesday 14 Sep 2011

Denmark is likely to put the Social Democrats back in power, and with them the country's first female Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, according to polls

Danish opposition leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt of the Social Democrats and Villy Soevndahl of the Socialist People's Party (Reuters)

Polls show Denmark's left-leaning Social Democrats could return to power after a decade in opposition, making party leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt the country's first female prime minister.

The opposition bloc held on to a clear lead over Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen's centre-right coalition in three polls released Wednesday, the day before a parliamentary election.

The Ramboell and Megafon polls showed the opposition winning 91 seats against 84 for the government. Voxmeter showed the opposition winning 92-83. Each poll included about 1,000 people and error margins ranged between 2.5-3.0 percentage points.

They did not include the four seats in the 179-seat Parliament given to the semiautonomous territories of Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.

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