Most Finns would give more political power to President Sauli Niinistö, finds a survey commissioned by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi.
The two news outlets measured confidence in leading policy makers by asking the survey respondents to select any number of politicians from a list of 22 candidates who they believe should have more political power. The survey was conducted between 8 and 18 December by Tietoykkönen.
Two-thirds (66%) of the 1,500 people surveyed indicated that they would give more power to President Sauli Niinistö, who is currently campaigning for a second six-year term in the Presidential Palace.
Niinistö is therefore by far the most popular policy maker in Finland. The only policy maker to come even close to rivalling his popularity is Pekka Haavisto, the presidential candidate of the Green League, who should have more political power according to almost four in ten (39%) of respondents.
The popularity of the two frontrunners in the ongoing presidential race may not have come as a surprise, unlike that of some of the other policy makers included in the survey.
Over a quarter (26%) of respondents stated that they would increase the political powers of Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance. Her popularity among the general public, however, has yet to translate to a significant up-tick in that of the opposition party, which according to recent opinion polls is hovering between eight and nine per cent.
The fourth place in the popularity ranking is shared by Sari Essayah, the chairperson of the Christian Democrats, and Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki. Almost a quarter (23%) of respondents would give more political power to Essayah and Vapaavuori.
The Christian Democratic Party, similarly to the Left Alliance, is notably less popular than its chairperson: YLE has reported that the opposition party would win no more than four per cent of the vote if the parliamentary elections were held today.
Roughly one-fifth of respondents would also give more power to Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo (23%), Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (19%) and Antti Rinne (19%), the chairperson of the Social Democrats.
Timo Soini (BR) remains popular despite his decision to relinquish the presidency of and, later, his membership in the Finns Party. Soini, who recently announced he is re-considering his decision to walk away from active policy making after the current electoral term, should receive more power according to 17 per cent of respondents.
He is thus as popular as Merja Kyllönen, the presidential candidate of the Left Alliance. Kyllönen, in turn, is more popular than her rival candidates Matti Vanhanen (Centre), Tuula Haatainen (SDP) and Paavo Väyrynen (ind.).
Touko Aalto, who was elected as the chairperson of the Green League in May, should have more political power according to 14 per cent of respondents.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi