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Maria Ohisalo, the interim chairperson of the Green League, is confident that voters will wake up to the importance of the main objectives of the opposition party as the elections draw nearer. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Maria Ohisalo, the interim chairperson of the Green League, is confident that voters will wake up to the importance of the main objectives of the opposition party as the elections draw nearer. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

The Green League has yet to halt its downward spiral in polls.

Alma Media on Thursday reported that popular support for the opposition party fell by 0.8 percentage points to 12.3 per cent between August and September. The Green League, however, continues to poll well above its 8.5 per cent vote share in the previous parliamentary elections in 2015.

Maria Ohisalo, the interim chairperson of the Green League, says she is nonetheless confident that as the elections draw closer voters will wake up to the importance of two of the party’s key objectives: combating poverty and climate change.

“I think last summer was a clear turning point,” she gauges. “Finns genuinely became more concerned about climate change; Forests were burning. Meanwhile, the Baltic Sea has become more polluted and the government has taken a lot away from education and lowest-income earners over the past three-and-a-half years.”

“I believe people will appreciate the importance of these issues before the elections.”

Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, is currently on an indefinite sick leave due to exhaustion.

The Social Democratic Party, meanwhile, has continued to consolidate its position as the most popular party in Finland, according to the poll by Alma Media. The opposition party is currently projected to receive 22.2 per cent of the vote, signalling an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the previous month.

The National Coalition recorded an up-tick of 0.1 percentage points in popular support to 19.9 per cent, whereas the Centre saw its popularity decrease by 0.4 percentage points to 15.1 per cent.

A total of 1,420 people were interviewed for the survey between 14 and 27 September by Tietokykkönen. Roughly three-quarters (74.1%) of the respondents were able and willing to state which party would receive their vote if the elections were held today.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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