Election news in briefs: Reds further ahead

In other news Danes abroad are missing out while priests are looking to Helle and co

A new election poll by Norstat for the Altinget news outlet shows that Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the red bloc are ahead on 52 percent to the blue bloc’s 48 percent. Should the poll become a reality, the reds would harness 92 mandates compared to 83 for Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the blues.

Red ladies versus blue boys
The election looks like it’s going down to the wire, but there is a clear trend emerging … on Facebook. According to Facebook likes, women like the red bloc, preferring Socialistisk Folkeparti, Socialdemokraterne and Enhedslisten, while men are blue-blooded, leaning towards Liberal Alliance, Konservative and Venstre.

No voting from abroad
Around 135,000 Danes will be unable to take part in the forthcoming general election simply because they live abroad. Unlike Sweden, Norway and Finland, where citizens maintain their right to vote for life despite living abroad, Danes can only vote if they live in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands.

Priests in red robes
According to a new survey by Kristeligt-Dagblad newspaper, most priests in Denmark would vote for the red bloc in an effort to strengthen the Danish welfare system. Some 46 percent of the priests said they intend to vote red, 22 percent will vote blue, while 32 percent have yet to make up their minds.

Pape for cutting benefits
Konservative head Søren Pape Poulsen has suggested cutting down unemployment benefits. Pape contends that the gain from getting a job compared to being on benefits is too insignificant – Børsen newspaper reports that just 33 percent of unemployed benefits would benefit recipients financially from getting a job.