Enthusiasm for the euro varies along political party lines. The Finns Party remains the country’s most eurosceptic group. Some 48 percent of its supporters would prefer to exit the common currency. This compares to 58 percent of Finns Party supporters wanting to leave the euro just a year ago.
Second among the eurosceptics were the Christian Democrats while supporters of remaining in the eurozone are highest among voters for the Swedish People’s Party followed by those for the Green League and National Coalition Party.
Some three-quarters of voters between the ages of 25 to 34 show keenest support for staying in the eurozone. A quarter of those between the ages of 35 to 49 prefer a return to the days of the Finnish mark.
Geographically speaking, people more favourably inclined to the euro reside in the cities of Tampere and Turku where some four-fifths of the population favour the eurozone. This contrasts with eastern and northern Finland where one third of those surveyed wanted to leave the common currency.
In terms of educational background, 84 percent of those questioned with a university degree preferred to pay with euros rather than with the mark. Half of those with a basic education preferred a return to the Finnish mark.
The survey carried out by pollster Taloustutkimus was commissioned by six regional newspapers: Turun Sanomat, Keskisuomalainen, Savon Sanomat, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat and Karjalainen. Around 1,000 people over the age of fifteen were questioned. They were asked: should Finland leave the European common currency and return to using the Finnish mark? The survey’s margin of error was three percentage points either way.
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