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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, may have expected the public debate surrounding the activation model to give the opposition party a bigger boost in polls.
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, may have expected the political debate surrounding the activation model to give the opposition party a bigger boost in polls.

 

The political wrangle over the newly adopted activation model for unemployment security has yet to prompt an increase in voter support for the Social Democrats, finds a poll commissioned by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi.

The poll shows that voter support for the opposition party has contrastively fallen by almost a percentage point from the previous poll to 19.2 per cent.

Members of the opposition party had expected that growing public discontent with the activation model, which imposes a set of activity criteria on unemployed job seekers, would allow the party to take over as the largest party in Finland. The National Coalition, however, held on to the coveted status after seeing its popularity creep up by 0.1 percentage points to 20.9 per cent.

The poll indicates that neither the ruling nor the opposition parties have been affected notably by the debate surrounding the activation model or the campaigning leading up to the presidential elections held last Sunday.

The ruling parties are currently projected to win 39 per cent (+0.2pps) and the opposition parties 59 per cent (-0.5pps) of the vote.

The debate, however, is expected to intensify further due to a series of strikes and demonstrations to be organised by trade unions and trade union confederations on Friday. The protests are expected to halt construction, shut down export ports and suspend most public bus services for the entire day.

The Centre Party maintained its third place in the ranking despite seeing a drop of 0.8 percentage points in support to 15.4 per cent. The Green League, however, is breathing more heavily on its neck after an increase of 0.8 percentage points in support to 14.5 per cent.

The battle for fifth place in the ranking similarly picked up with the Left Alliance seeing a 0.4 percentage point drop and the Finns Party a 0.4 percentage point rise in popularity. The former would receive 8.6 per cent and the latter 8.2 per cent of the vote if the parliamentary elections were held today, according to Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi.

The Blue Reform saw the biggest gain in support, one of 0.9 percentage points to 2.7 per cent.

Tietoykkönen surveyed a total of 1,586 people for the survey by phone or online between 19 and 29 January. Over three-quarters (76.2%) of the people surveyed were able and willing to reveal which party would receive their vote.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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