Voters said the economic downturn would be a major consideration ahead of Denmark’s general elections on Thursday.
The Liberal-Conservative coalition of Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen has been in power for a decade.
“Lokke” as he’s known to Danes admits that voters are in the mood for “new faces”.
Danish media reports that the so-called “red-bloc” of left-leaning parties is ahead in the polls. Opposition leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a former MEP, will be Denmark’s first female Prime Minister if she’s elected.
The latest figures predict an opposition victory of between three and 10 seats in the 179 seat parliament.
There’s been anger that Danish government finances went from healthy surpluses to deficit thanks to the financial crisis.
Nine banks have been taken over by the state since 2008.