Danish general election, 1988

Danish general election, 1988

10 May 1988

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 85.3%

  First party Second party
 
Leader Svend Auken Poul Schlüter
Party Social Democrats Conservative People's
Last election 54 seats, 29.3% 38 seats, 20.8%
Seats won 55 35
Seat change 1 3
Popular vote 992,682 642,048
Percentage 29.8% 19.3%

Prime Minister before election

Poul Schlüter
Conservative People's

Prime Minister-elect

Poul Schlüter
Conservative People's

General elections were held in Denmark on 10 May 1988,[1] just seven months after the last elections. Prime Minister Poul Schlüter chose to call for an election after the Conservative People's Party-led government fell short of a majority in a foreign policy issue after they failed to come to an agreement with the Social Democrats. In a parliamentary debate Prime Minister Poul Schlüter accused the leader of the Social Democrats, Svend Auken, of breaking a political deal between the two of them, whilst Auken accused Schlüter of lying to the public.

However, the election did not change the balance of power in the Folketing. Common Course failed to cross the 2% percent threshold and lost their four seats. The Centre Democrats and the Christian People's Party left the government (although they continued to support it) and were replaced by the Danish Social Liberal Party. The reason for doing this was that it gave Schlüter a majority in foreign policy issues, which had caused this election. The Centre Democrats and Christian People's Party continued to support the government though.

Voter turnout was 85.7% in Denmark proper, 70.3% in the Faroe Islands and 57.9% in Greenland.[2]

Results

Denmark
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party992,68229.855+1
Conservative People's Party642,04819.335–3
Socialist People's Party433,26113.024–3
Venstre394,19011.822+3
Progress Party298,1329.016+7
Danish Social Liberal Party185,7075.610–1
Centre Democrats155,4644.790
Christian People's Party68,0472.040
Common Course63,2631.90–4
De Grønne44,9601.400
Communist Party of Denmark27,4390.800
Left Socialists20,3030.600
Independents3,6330.100
Invalid/blank votes23,522
Total3,352,6511001750
Faroe Islands
People's Party5,65524.710
Union Party5,59724.41+1
Social Democratic Party4,86121.20–1
Republican Party4,69020.500
Self-Government Party8973.900
Christian People's Party8913.900
Progress Party3211.400
Invalid/blank votes100
Total23,01210020
Greenland
Siumut8,41540.110
Atassut8,13538.710
Inuit Ataqatigiit3,62817.300
Polar Party8213.900
Invalid/blank votes1,169
Total22,16810020
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
29.82%
C
19.29%
F
13.01%
V
11.84%
Z
8.96%
B
5.58%
D
4.67%
Q
2.04%
P
1.90%
G
1.35%
K
0.82%
Y
0.61%
Others
0.11%

References

  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p. 525 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p547

Further reading

  • Jespersen, Mary P. S. "A Danish Defence Dilemma: The Election of May 1988," West European Politics (1989) 12#1 pp. 189-195
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