Copenhagen. Although Nye Borgerlige is one of the smallest parties in the Folketing with only four seats, there has been a sharp increase in opinion polls recently. At the same time, members are flocking.
It writes Kristeligt Dagblad.
A year ago, the party had about 6,000 members. Today, Nye Borgerlige has 15,269 members. Thus, measured by number of members, the party is the third largest in the Folketing after the Social Democrats and the Liberal Party.
According to several political science researchers, there is no doubt that Nye Borgerlige has succeeded in finding a free combination of liberal economic policy and strict foreign policy, which has proven to appeal to many voters.
However, researchers have different suggestions as to whether the new party members are simply living with liberal economic policies because the immigration issue overshadows everything else. Or whether the ideological logic is just less important to the electorate.
Professor Rune Stubager from the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University points out that the progress may also be due to the fact that Nye Borgerlige has picked up voters from the Danish People’s Party.
– I also think that they live high on the misfortune of others. That is, the general decline in the Danish People’s Party and the Liberal Party.
– It sends voters in the direction of Nye Borgerlige, and it is voters who are primarily concerned with foreign issues, says Rune Stubager.
Associate Professor Karina Kosiara-Pedersen from the University of Copenhagen researches in particular the parties’ member democracy. She points out that the New Citizens’ membership growth is reminiscent of the one the New Alliance and the Alternative received shortly after they were founded.
In general, there is a difference in how easy it is to join a party. Some have very high contingents and strict access requirements such as the Unity List, while others have low contingents.
With a price of 300 kroner a year, Nye Borgerlige is a little below average.
In addition, she mentions four possible explanations for the progress. Among other things, that parties in opposition have an easier time attracting new members.
The same goes for parties that are already thriving. There is also some correlation between increasing voter turnout and a higher membership, although the correlation is not very clear.
Finally, there is Pernille Vermund’s appeal to voters.
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