Survey: Vacations correspond to politics

July 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 26 (UPI) -- A Danish newspaper said its research suggests summer vacation habits in the country correspond with political affiliation.

The Copenhagen-based Urban newspaper said its research indicates nearly one in five members of the center-left Social Liberal party take six weeks or more off from work during the summer while one in four voters aligned with the right-wing Danish People's Party don't take any vacation time during the summer, the Copenhagen Post reported Tuesday.

Kenneth Thue Nielsen, research editor for public broadcaster DR, said Danish People's Party members are more likely to skip summer vacations because they tend to have less education than members of other parties and work unskilled labor jobs, which are plentiful in the summertime.

Nielsen said the trend of right-wing voters skipping their vacations holds true for Conservative People's Party voters, who tend to be wealthier than Danish People's Party voters, because many of them are small business owners who don't have time for vacations.

The newspaper said 58 percent of voters aligned with the left-wing Socialist People's Party take three or more weeks of summer vacation while 65 percent of center-left Social Democrats do the same.

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