The Centre Party has narrowly overtaken the Social Democratic Party to reclaim its status as the most popular political party in Finland, finds a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.
More than one-fifth, or 21.4 per cent, of the respondents who favoured a particular party voiced their support for the Centre, while 21.2 per cent voiced their support for the Social Democrats in the poll conducted by TNS Gallup between 18 January and 14 February, 2016.
The difference between the two heavyweight parties may be well within the roughly two percentage point margin of error, but the shifts in their approval ratings are far from inconsequential: in January, the approval rating of the Social Democrats stood at 22.8 per cent and that of Centre at only 19.7 per cent.
Nearly 2,500 were interviewed:
- TNS Gallup interviewed a total of 2,436 people for the poll between 18 January and 14 February, 2016.
- The margin of error is approximately two percentage points for the largest parties.
Source: Helsingin Sanomat
The approval ratings of the second and third member of the three-party ruling coalition, the National Coalition Party and the Finns Party, have contrastively crept up – by 0.1 percentage points to 18.0 per cent and by 0.3 percentage points to 9.6 per cent respectively.
The Left Alliance, meanwhile, recorded an increase of 0.6 percentage points in its approval rating to 8.5 per cent.
The Christian Democratic Party saw its approval rating decrease by 0.5 percentage points to 3.7 per cent, the Green League by 0.3 percentage points to 10.8 per cent and the Swedish People's Party by 0.2 percentage points to 4.3 per cent.
- SDP cements its position as largest party, Finns Party struggles to stem bleeding (26 January, 2016)
More than one-third, or 35 per cent, of respondents were either unable or unwilling to disclose their party of preference or indicated they would abstain from voting altogether.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi