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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, was photographed in the summer meeting of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group in Vaasa on Thursday, 23 August 2018.
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, was photographed in the summer meeting of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group in Vaasa on Thursday, 23 August 2018.

 

The Social Democratic Party continues to sit atop opinion polls despite suffering a minor setback over the past month.

Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday reported that its latest opinion poll shows that popular support for the opposition party decreased by 0.4 percentage points from 22.1 to 21.7 per cent between mid-July and mid-August.

The Social Democrats has sat on top of the poll for four consecutive months since overtaking the National Coalition Party in April. The National Coalition currently trails the opposition party by 1.5 percentage points as its popularity stayed unchanged at 20.2 per cent between mid-July and mid-August.

The Centre Party recorded an up-tick of 0.2 percentage points in popular support but, at 15.5 per cent, remains well behind both the Social Democrats and National Coalition. YLE, by contrast, reported as recently as two weeks ago that the party is polling at 17.8 per cent.

The Green League consolidated its position as the fourth most supporter party in the country with an increase of 0.5 percentage points in popular support to 13.7 per cent. Its supporters, however, were the most uncertain about their responses, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

Neither the Left Alliance nor the Finns Party saw a substantial change in their popularity among voters, with the former being the choice of 9.6 per cent (+0%) and the latter that of 7.9 per cent (+0.1%) of respondents.

The Swedish People’s Party, similarly, saw its popularity stay at 4.3 per cent, while both the Christian Democrats and the Blue Reform recorded drops of 0.1 percentage points – to 4.1 and 1.2 per cent respectively.

TNS Kantar interviewed a total of 2,412 people for the poll between 16 July and 16 August.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi