COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ An early exit poll by Danish public broadcaster TV2 said that Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's center-right government was poised to win a second four-year term.

The projection, based on a survey of 4,200 voters, came an hour before voting officially ends at 2 p.m. EDT.

Fogh Rasmussen, who called the early elections in January, is hoping for a second four-year term based on the popularity of his government's push to preserve the welfare society, keep immigration under control and taxes, the second highest in Europe, from rising.

Across the country of 5.4 million, polls opened with early turnout low but steady.

By 11 a.m. EDT, some 56.7 percent of the 4 million eligible voters had cast ballots, according to Denmark's public radio. In the last election in 2001, turnout at the same time stood at 60 percent.