Now after the dead weight has effectively jettisoned itself, the party can now get to working on defending Finnish self interests.
Yle party poll: Finns Party, Greens support up, SDP and Centre still sliding
The first poll on support for Finland’s political parties since Turku stabbing attack suggests that the anti-immigrant Finns Party have regained some of their lost popularity.
Finns Party regain ground
On the other end of the ideological spectrum, the Finns Party seems to have benefitted from the ongoing debate over immigration and internal security. Its support rose into the double digits for the first time since hardline MEP Jussi Halla-aho took over as leader in June. Its 10.3 percent backing is up by one and a half points from the previous poll. That is still about half of the support it enjoyed during its heyday under Timo Soini.
Foreign Minister Soini has now joined the Blue Reform association, which split off from the Finns Party in June but remains in its place in the government coalition, is still struggling for support, now at 1.4 percent support.
Combined support for three government groups – the Centre, the NCP and the Blues – has fallen to 38.4 percent, down from 55.6 percent when the Sipilä cabinet took office in mid-2015.