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Simon Elo (left) and Jari Lindström of the Blue Reform talked during a plenary session in the Finnish Parliament on 19 December, 2017.
Simon Elo (left) and Jari Lindström of the Blue Reform talked during a plenary session in the Finnish Parliament on 19 December, 2017.

 

The future has become brighter for the Blue Reform.

YLE on Friday reported that its latest opinion poll found that voter support for the recently established party has almost doubled over the past month – although it remains at a rather insignificant level of 2.3 per cent. The Blue Reform was established on 13 June by 20 ex-members of the Finns Party and entered into the national party register on 15 November, 2017.

Pirjo Auvinen, a political journalist for the public broadcasting company, estimated this morning that the successful registration and organisation process has likely evoked confidence in the political movement among voters.

“Maybe this will become a real party, with a chairperson,” she commented to YLE on Friday.

The poll also confirmed that the power balance between the largest political parties in the country has continued to shift.

The National Coalition and Social Democratic Party remain the most and second most supported parties, respectively, despite both of them seeing notable drops in popularity. Voter support for the former has fallen by 2.5 percentage points to 19.8 per cent and that for the latter by 1.9 percentage points by 17.8 per cent since November, according to YLE.

The Centre Party, by contrast, has recorded a modest up-tick of 0.4 percentage points in support to earn a share of second place at 17.8 per cent.

The Green League was the third party to record a decline in voter support between November and December. The opposition party would receive 14.0 per cent of the vote if the parliamentary elections were held today.

The Left Alliance and Finns Party both recorded up-ticks in voter support, the former one of 0.8 percentage points to 8.8 per cent and the latter one of 0.2 percentage points to 8.6 per cent. The greatest gains in the poll were made by the Blue Reform (+1.2pts to 2.3%) and the Swedish People’s Party (1.1pts to 4.6%).

A total of 2,658 people were interviewed for the poll between 29 November and 27 December by Taloustutkimus.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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