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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, finds himself the clear frontrunner frontrunner to become the next prime minister of Finland, indicates a poll by Alma Media. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, finds himself the clear frontrunner frontrunner to become the next prime minister of Finland, indicates a poll by Alma Media. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Social Democratic Party has solidified its standing as the most supported political party in Finland, according to an opinion poll commissioned by Alma Media.

The poll indicates that well over one-fifth (21.9%) of the public are currently planning on casting their vote for the opposition party, signalling a surge of 1.7 percentage points from the previous poll conducted in June.

The National Coalition, on the other hand, recorded only a modest increase of 0.1 percentage points in popular support to 19.8 per cent. The Centre Party and Green League both recorded noticeable decreases in popular support, the former falling from 15.9 to 15.5 per cent and the latter from 13.9 to 13.1 per cent.

The Social Democrats has benefited from the lingering uncertainty around the social, health care and regional government reform, and the recent unrest in the ranks of the Centre and National Coalition, according to Alma Media. The opposition party seems to have also successfully convinced voters that the recent improvements in the economic situation are largely due to global economic cycles, rather than the efforts of the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

The Left Alliance and Finns Party, meanwhile, remain locked in a battle for position behind the four most supported parties in Finland, with the Left Alliance dropping from 9.4 to 9.1 per cent and Finns Party rising from 7.8 to 8.0 per cent.

Support for the Swedish People’s Party decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 4.2 per cent, that for the Christian Democrats by 0.2 percentage points to 3.7 per cent and that for the Blue Reform by 0.5 percentage points to 2.1 per cent, according to the poll conducted by Tietoykkönen between 13 and 25 August.

Over three-quarters (77.1%) of the 1,500 people surveyed were able and willing to say which party they would vote for if the parliamentary elections were held today. The poll has a margin of error of +/-2.4 percentage points.

The parliamentary elections will be held on 14 April 2019.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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