The uncertainty lingering around the fate of the social, health care and regional government reform is to blame for the recent swings in support for the three largest political parties in Finland, views Seppo Kääriäinen (Centre), a former Minister of Defence.
“Depending on what comes of the reform in the weeks and months to come, it’ll probably be the most significant factor re-shaping the power balance between the parties,” he comments to Uusi Suomi.
“The delays and lingering uncertainty, the fact that you don’t know what the schedule and outcome will be is something you can sense among the public. People are waiting for decisions. If the ruling parties want to draw some kind of a conclusion from this, it should be that they’ve got to reach a final agreement on the issue as soon as possible.”
YLE on Friday reported that the National Coalition has retained its status as the most supported party in the country despite seeing its support drop by 0.5 percentage points to 22.3 per cent since October. The Social Democratic Party, by contrast, recorded an up-tick of 1.3 percentage points in voter support as it edged closer to the 20 per cent figure (19.7%).
No discernible change was recorded in voter support for the Centre Party (17.4%), which managed to halt its 15-month slide in polls in October.
Kääriäinen, however, was reluctant to proclaim that the party is officially on an upswing. “It’s a tentative indication that the lowest point may have been reached. But it’s better not to draw any far-reaching conclusions from opinion polls. Caution is advisable,” he said to Uusi Suomi.
Taloustutkimus interviewed a total of 2,963 people for the opinion poll between 1 and 28 November, 2017. The margin of error for the poll is +/-1.9 percentage points.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Minna Raitavuo – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi