Okay, “love” is such a big word but the Danish politician who has emerged from the Muhammad cartoon crisis with the most favorable ratings is the Social Liberal MP Naser Khader.
According to a poll made for Danish TV2 88% of the respondents thought that Khader had managed the crisis in a “good” or “very good” way while 2% gave him the rating “bad” or “very bad”. Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller is rated favourably with 64% positive to 14% negative and Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen 55% to 30%.
As always the leader of the Danish People’s Party Pia Kjærsgård divides the opinion: 40% thought she made a good or very good performance and 32% a bad or very bad performance.
Villy Søvndal and Helle Thorning-Schmidt both get negative ratings: Søvndal has 24 to 33% and Thorning-Schmidt 19 to 42%.
TV2 also released a poll which follows the trend from previous polls: The Danish People’s Party and the Socialist Party win and the Social Democrats loose support.
A first comment could be that there are no clear relationships between the rating of individual politicians and the change in support for their parties: The Socialist Party has been gaining support during the crisis even if Villy Søvndal has a negative rating. At the same time, Per Stig Møller has a positive rating while the Conservatives have lost electoral support.
Naser Khader actually deserves a post of his own. I will just note that he and Kamal Qureshi of the Socialist Party were the first two Muslims to be elected to the Danish parliament in 2001. Khader is a Palestinian and describes himself as a cultural Muslim (as opposed to a traditional or fundamentalist) who is integrated, possibly even assimilated, into the Danish mainstream society. During the crisis, Khader also initiated a network for Democratic Muslims which criticised the actions by Islamist imams like Abu Laban.