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Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, was billed as a viable candidate to become the next prime minister as recently as one year ago. The Green League, however, has seen its popularity melt away rapidly after peaking at 17.8 per cent in September 2017. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)
Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, was billed as a viable candidate to become the next prime minister as recently as one year ago. The Green League, however, has seen its popularity melt away rapidly after peaking at 17.8 per cent in September 2017. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

 

The Social Democrats, National Coalition and Centre Party are separated only by 2.5 percentage points at the top of the latest opinion poll commissioned by YLE.

The Social Democratic Party saw its popularity drop by 0.9 percentage points to 20.3 per cent and the National Coalition by 0.8 percentage points to 19.0 per cent between July and August. The Centre Party, meanwhile, polled at 17.8 per cent for the second consecutive month.

The poll was conducted between 13 August and 4 September by Taloustutkimus.

The party to suffer the biggest setback was the Green League, which recorded a drop of one percentage point in voter support and continued its almost six-month slide in the poll. Support for the opposition party has fallen from 17.8 per cent to 12.6 per cent between September 2017 and August 2018.

Tuomo Turja, a research director at Taloustutkimus, says it appears that recent controversies have taken their toll on the Green League.

“They’ve lost some floating voters who don’t approve of resisting an official,” he stated to YLE. “If I was part of the decision-making bodies of the Greens, I’d be a bit concerned about the situation. Their support is dropping month after month, and that has all but undone the gains they made earlier.”

Turja is referring particularly to a protest staged at Helsinki Airport on 31 July by Aino Pennanen, the legislative secretary of the Green League. Pennanen refused to sit down in an aircraft awaiting its take-off in protest of the deportation of a fellow passenger.

The Left Alliance, on the other hand, recorded an up-tick of 1.4 percentage points in voter support to 9.1 per cent. The Finns Party and Blue Reform both similarly saw their popularity increase between July and August, the former by 0.7 percentage points to 9.4 per cent and the latter by 0.8 percentage points to 1.6 per cent.

The Swedish People’s Party and Christian Democrats both continue to poll around the 4.0 per cent-mark, according to YLE.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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