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The Social Democratic Party has widened its advantage over the Centre Party as the most popular political party in Finland, according to the latest poll by Helsingin Sanomat.The Social Democratic Party has widened its advantage over the Centre Party as the most popular political party in Finland, finds the latest opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The opposition party has seen its support rating increase by 1.7 percentage points to 22.8 per cent after dislodging the Centre Party from the top of the polls in December, while that of the Centre Party has dipped below the 20 per cent mark for the first time since 2014.

The support rating of the National Coalition has remained relatively unchanged by comparison, creeping up only by 0.2 percentage points month-on-month to 17.9 per cent.

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Support for the third member of the three-party coalition, the Finns Party, fell by 1.2 percentage points to 9.6 per cent, signalling the first sub-10 per cent reading for the party since 2010, according to Helsingin Sanomat. Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, affirmed in an interview with the daily that the party will recoup its losses after the measures laid out by the Government are implemented and communicated to the public.

More than one in ten, or 11.1 per cent, of respondents voiced their backing for the Green League, 7.9 per cent for the Left Alliance, 4.5 per cent for the Swedish People's Party and 4.2 per cent for the Christian Democratic Party.

Parties not represented in the Finnish Parliament were the pick of 2.3 per cent of the 2,432 people interviewed for the poll between 14 December and 14 January.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Lasse Lehtinen / Uusi Suomi
Source: Uusi Suomi

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