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Almost half of Finnish voters want SDP in next gov't, poll suggests

A municipal interest group poll found that 45 percent of respondents want to see the Social Democratic Party in the next government after the 14 April elections.

SDP chair Antti Rinne Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The political party that Finnish residents would most like to see as part of the new government is the Social Democrats, according to a recent poll (siirryt toiseen palveluun) conducted by the Foundation for Municipal Development, an interest group that looks after the best interests of Finland's over 300 municipalities.

Close to half, or 45 percent, of the survey's over one thousand respondents said they would like to see the SDP in the next coalition. The next most popular were the Greens with 35 percent support, followed by the National Coalition Party (NCP) and the Centre Party, who were tied with just slightly over 30 percent support each.

Support for Finns Party in government up

The only party whose support in the poll increased from a similar poll the municipal group conducted last summer was the Finns Party. Now the survey showed that just under a fifth of the respondents would like to see the Finns Party have a role in government.

Voters who plan to vote for the SDP, Greens or Left Alliance answered that they would prefer to see a coalition of these three players in government for the next four years. In contrast, supporters of the Finns Party in the poll were unable to indicate even one party that they would like to see in government with their party representatives.

The survey was carried out by the pollster Kantar TNS, reaching out to 1,112 respondents that represented 18 to 79 year olds in all corners of mainland Finland. The margin of error for the results is less than three percentage points in either direction.

Yle also did its own assessment this week about which parties would be willing to work with which others, based on responses to its election compass (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

The SDP came out on top of this assessment, too, as the most desirable coalition partner. The NCP and the Centre Party candidate responses indicated that neither would rank the other as the number one partner in a potential future government.