Okay, one last one for today: How well have Danish governments performed in elections since the introduction of proportional representation in 1918 (this means that 1920 is the first point of reference).
I have taken the (combined) share of the vote of the parties that were in office at the time of the election – this means that in 1953, 1979, 1981, 1994 and 1998 I compare the parties in the outgoing government, not the government which was formed immediately after the elections in 1950, 1977, 1979, 1990 and 1994, respectively. Given that Denmark was governed by a national coalition 1940-1943/1945 and 1945, I have left those elections out of the calculations. I have also left out supporting parties from the calculation.1
Anyway, here goes:
As we can see, the government’s performance in the 2011 election was far from stellar but not unusually bad. Being in government can seriously damage your share of the vote.
- And technically: I leave out the first election in 1953 and use the third and not the first election in 1920 which is wrong [↩]