Tuesday April 13, 2021

SDP regains top popularity as Perussuomalaiset slides

Published : 04 Feb 2021, 11:15

Updated : 05 Feb 2021, 10:34

  DF Report

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The ruling Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland-SDP), the biggest component of the five-party alliance government re-emerged as the most popular party in the country as the popularity of the main opposition Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) decreased significantly, according to a survey of the national broadcaster Yle.

The Perussuomalaiset became top on the popularity list in last month’s survey, beating the long-term most popular SDP.

The poll said the support for the Perussuomalaiset decreased by 3.1 per cent to 18.8 from that in the previous month while the support for ruling SDP also decreased by 1.1 per cent to 20.3 month on month.

The support for another opposition party, the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party-NCP), however, increased by 2.1 per cent to 18.3, followed by the ruling partners Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party of Finland) increasing 1.2 per cent to 12.9% and Vihreä Liitto (Green League) remaining unchanged with 11.4 per cent support.

Two other components of the ruling coalition – the Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance) and the Suomenruotsalainenkansanpuolue (Swedish People’s Party of Finland-RKP) secured the sixth and the seventh places on the popularity list with 7.2 per cent and 4.7 per cent supports respectively, while the opposition Suomen Kristillisdemokraati (Christian Democratic Party) secured the eighth place with 3.0 per cent support.

The support for the Vasemmistoliitto declined by 0.4 per cent and for the Suomenruotsalainenkansanpuolue increased by 0.4 per cent.

The support for Suomen Kristillisdemokraati also increased by 0.4 per cent from the previous month’s poll results.

The survey interviewed 2,464 people on 11 January to 2 February and the margin of error was +/- 2.1 percentage points, reported the Yle.