The Finns Party is enjoying a resurgence under the leadership of Jussi Halla-aho. Helsingin Sanomat on Wednesday said support for the opposition party rose to 9.7 per cent between December and January. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

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THE FINNS PARTY has re-established itself as the fifth most popular political party in Finland, confirms the latest opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The newspaper wrote yesterday that voter support for the populist, right-wing opposition party jumped by 1.3 percentage points to 9.7 per cent between December and January. The Left Alliance, by contrast, saw its popularity dwindle by 0.2 percentage points to 9.4 per cent.

The Social Democratic Party, the poll also shows, retained its position as the most supported party in the country, despite seeing its popularity drop by 0.5 percentage points to 20.9 per cent. The National Coalition consequently crept closer to the opposition party, even though its remained in the mid-to-high 19s since last September.

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Currently, 19.5 per cent of voters would cast their vote for the National Coalition, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

Support for the Centre remained unchanged at 15.6 per cent and has now hovered between 15 and 16 per cent since March 2018. The Green League was the choice of 12.9 per cent of the 2,282 people polled, signalling a decline of 0.5 percentage points from the previous poll.

The Swedish People’s Party, Christian Democrats and Blue Reform all recorded a drop of 0.1 percentage points in voter support – to 4.3 per cent, 4.0 per cent and 1.1 per cent, respectively.

The interviews were conducted between 13 December and 11 January by TNS Gallup.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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