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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, spoke to the media as the opposition party unveiled its tax programme in Helsinki on Wednesday, 16 May.
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, spoke to the media as the opposition party unveiled its tax programme in Helsinki on Wednesday, 16 May.

 

The Social Democratic Party has retained its edge over the National Coalition Party, indicates an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday reported that 21.2 per cent of the poll respondents revealed that they would vote for the Social Democrats and 20.5 per cent that they would vote for the National Coalition. Voter support for both of the parties has thus fallen slightly since the previous poll, by 0.2 percentage points and 0.1 percentage points, respectively.

A poll by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi similarly shows that the Social Democrats remains the most supported party in Finland.

The Finns Party was the party to register the biggest drop in the poll – one of 0.4 percentage points to 7.7 per cent – as it fell further behind the fifth most supported party in Finland, the Left Alliance (8.7%).

The Centre Party, the poll shows, has yet to find a way to boost its popularity as it polled at 15.7 per cent for the second month in succession. The Green League, on the other hand, rebounded from 14.0 to 14.2 per cent after seeing its popularity fall by 0.5 percentage points between March and April.

The Swedish People’s Party (4.4%), Christian Democrats (3.8%) and Blue Reform (1.7%) made gains of 0.2 percentage points, 0.3 percentage points and 0.1 percentage points, respectively.

The poll was conducted between 16 April and 11 May by Kantar TNS. A total of 2,431 people responded to the poll, translating to a margin of error of roughly two percentage points.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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