Yle's last pre-election poll released on Thursday shows the Social Democratic Party (SDP) leading the field but with somewhat less support from voters. The SDP now has 19 percent voter backing and the Finns Party have leap-frogged over the National Coalition Party to take second place with 16.3 percent approval.
APN's resident pundits Sini Korpinen and Sam Kingsley were on hand to comment on the rather surprising development and speculate on which parties might be a part of Finland's next governing coalition. Both agreed that the SDP is likely to come out the leader in 14 April voting, despite an election platform that didn't seem to differ from many of the others on offer.
Korpinen said she doubts that SDP party chair Antti Rinne would be able to partner with the nationalistic climate-change-denier Finns Party, wagering that the NCP and Greens might be the preferred partners. Kingsley disagreed, saying he foresaw a SDP-Centre-Green coalition on the horizon.
No matter who wins the election, Korpinen noted that the next government will have a difficult go of it, as the economy is predicted to slow down and there are still tough decisions on several reforms that have to be made.
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