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Finns Party top poll
Surge in support for populists as coalition slips
Main daily Helsingin Sanomat reports on the continued increase in support for the Finns Party, as the latest poll of voters reveals that 20.7 percent of Finns would vote for the populist party. This represents a 1.5 percentage-point increase in support since the last survey in June, and firmly cements Jussi Halla-aho’s party’s position as the most popular political party in Finland, the paper writes.
According to HS, support for the Finns stood at just 7.8 percent one year ago, meaning the party has managed to more than double its popularity over the course of the last 12 months.
HS quotes Sakari Nurmela, research head at pollster TNS Kantar, as saying that such a rise is unprecedented in recent Finnish political history, but Nurmela appeared cautious about the future outlook for the Finns Party.
“A rapid rise has previously been followed by a decline in support. It will be interesting to see in which direction their support develops this time.”
The paper also reports on a slight dip in backing for the government coalition led by current Prime Minister Antti Rinne, which now stands at 55.3 percent, down from 56.1 percent one month ago.