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Petteri Orpo of the National Coalition (left) and Antti Rinne of the Social Democrats (centre) remain the most likely candidates to succeed Juha Sipilä (right) as the Prime Minister of Finland, suggests a poll by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi.
Petteri Orpo of the National Coalition (left) and Antti Rinne of the Social Democrats (centre) remain the most likely candidates to succeed Juha Sipilä (right) as the Prime Minister of Finland, suggests a poll by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi.

 

The Social Democrats and National Coalition have continued to jockey for the pole position ahead of the parliamentary elections held in April 2019.

Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi reported last week that the two parties are separated by no more than half-a-percentage-point at the top of their latest opinion poll, with support for the former dropping to 20.2 per cent and that for the latter creeping up to 19.7 per cent.

The interviews for the poll were conducted at a time when the political debate was dominated by the twists and turns of the social, health care and regional government reform, the election promise-related bickering between the Social Democrats and National Coalition, and the party conferences of the Centre, Green League and National Coalition.

A total of 1,500 people were interviewed for the poll between 6 and 26 June by Tietoykkönen. The poll has a margin of error of +/-2.3 percentage points.

The Centre Party halted its slide in the poll by registering an up-tick of over 0.5 percentage points to 15.9 per cent. Its popularity, however, remains well below its vote share of 21.1 per cent in the previous parliamentary elections. The Social Democrats and National Coalition are both contrastively poised to claim a notably larger share of the vote than in 2015.

Another party to seemingly benefit from the discussion surrounding its party conference is the Green League. The poll by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi suggests voter support for the opposition party increased for the first time in several months, to 13.9 per cent.

The Left Alliance recorded a moderate increase in support to 9.4 per cent, while the Finns Party (7.8%), Swedish People’s Party (4.6%), Christian Democrats (3.9%) and Blue Reform (2.6%) saw no substantial changes in their popularity.

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

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