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The Social Democrats’ Antti Rinne (left) and National Coalition’s Petteri Orpo (NCP) remain the most likely party leaders to become the next primer minister of Finland, according to a poll by YLE.
The Social Democrats’ Antti Rinne (left) and National Coalition’s Petteri Orpo (right) remain the most likely party leaders to become the next primer minister of Finland, according to a poll by YLE.

 

The race to become the next prime minister is heating up in Finland, indicates the latest opinion poll by YLE.

The National Coalition has been replaced by the Social Democrats as the most supported party in the country according to the public broadcasting company, with voter support for the former dropping by 0.9 percentage points to 19.3 per cent and that for the latter staying unchanged at 20.0 per cent.

The Centre Party, in turn, registered an increase of 0.6 percentage points in support to climb to 17.6 per cent and edge closer to both the National Coalition and Social Democrats.

The National Coalition has a comfortable, over three percentage point advantage over the Centre in January 2018.

Taloustutkimus interviewed a total of 3,394 people for the poll between 2 May and 5 June. Jari Pajunen, the managing director of the market research company, views that the poll results are an indication of rising tensions caused by the looming parliamentary elections.

“We basically have two parties almost neck and neck and a third one not too far back. Anyone of them can still be the first to cross the finish line,” he stated to YLE.

The Green League saw its popularity fall by 0.5 percentage points to 14.4 per cent, while the other parties only saw minor changes – of 0.1–0.2 percentage points – in their popularity.

The poll offers a different take on the power balance between the political parties than that by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi, which measured voter support for the Centre at 15.1 per cent.

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

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