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Half of Finns support 50% reduction of MPs, poll suggests

A recent survey found that half of respondents believed the Finnish Parliament could still get the job done with only 100 members, instead of its current 200.

Henkilö kävelee ulos eduskunnasta.
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A fresh poll of more than one thousand Finnish adults suggests that half of the country's residents would support slashing the number of representatives to the Finnish Parliament from 200 to 100.

The Municipal Development Foundation survey also found that over four-fifths (83 percent) of the people surveyed were opposed to raising the number of Finnish MPs past the current 200.

More than one third (36 percent) of the poll's respondents would not want to reduce MP seat numbers.

When grouped according to party allegiance, the poll respondents supporting the nationalist Finns Party were most in favour of cutting MP numbers (69 percent), followed by supporters of the Social Democratic Party (58 percent) and the centre-right National Coalition Party (55 percent). Poll respondents who indicated that they were supporters of the Centre Party and the Left Alliance were more reluctant than the average to slash parliamentary representation.

The survey also found that slightly more than half of the respondents would be prepared to limit MP service to two consecutive terms, or eight years. Two-thirds of the survey respondents (38 percent) would not limit the MPs' term of service.

The pollster Kantar TNS interviewed over one thousand Finnish residents over the age of 18 for the survey, resulting in a margin of error of under three percentage points in either direction.

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