Finns are growing more and more concerned about the decision-making capacity of the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), indicates a survey conducted by T-Media and the Economic Information Office.
The survey found that the share of people who have confidence in the government has dropped to a new record low since last year, from 33 to 31 per cent.
“There is a crisis of confidence in political decision making. Confidence in the government has possibly been eroded by the numerous overturned decisions and the uncertainty lingering around the social and health care reform. The cuts in what has been a source of pride for Finns, the education system, have probably had a similar effect,” analyses Harri Leinikka, the chief executive of T-Media.
The share of highly educated respondents who have confidence in the government, in particular, has decreased notably – from 52 per cent in 2013 to 33 per cent in 2017.
The survey also measured public attitudes towards foreign labour and international co-operation.
Over a half (51%) of respondents – seven percentage points more than last year – agreed with the statement that more foreign labour will be needed in Finland. The vast majority (89%) of respondents, in turn, viewed that international co-operation is very important for Finland and 70 per cent that the country should not withdraw from the European Union.
Leinikka interprets the results as an indication of an increased readiness to be part of the international community.
“Finns seem to have understood that co-operation is an asset amidst the turbulent situation in world politics. This is reflected also in the growing popularity of the EU, as the union – despite its crises – has become a meaningful and important community for Finns,” he says.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Timo Heikkala – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi