Leave aside that all attention this weekend has been focused on KarenDK26 and Caroline Wozniacki, then two troubled parties held their annual conferences. For both the problem is that the parties seem stubbornly stuck both in terms of electoral appeal and parliamentary opportunities. The Conservatives are stuck with some 10 per cent of the vote and while they may be in office, there is a sneaking feeling that the Danish People’s Party is in power.
How about the Social Liberals, then? Well, they too are stuck albeit on a lower level: The party only attracts some 4-5 per cent of the vote in opinion polls and seriously lack the defection alternative in relation to the Social Democrats and the Socialists.
But how much in the electoral doldrums are the Social Liberals? Take a look at this:
As it is, hovering around the 5 per cent mark has been the fate of the Social Liberals for most of the past thirty years, and the 1990s were a particularly barren decade in terms of electoral support: It took a Social Democratic collapse to return the Social Liberals to their 1980s strength. On the other hand, RV spent the years from 1993-2001 in government.