A poll by newspaper Helsingin Sanomat suggests that the government led by Sanna Marin is enjoying broadly higher levels of support that at least the two previous administrations.
According to HS, two out three voters in Finland say they are “at least neutral” toward the government. Meanwhile the poll indicated that 41 percent of respondents said they felt that Marin’s government was succeeding in its work, while 25 percent said they were neutral on that question.
The paper interviewed Markku Jokisipilä, the head of Turku University’s parliamentary research centre, who said that support for the government is exceptionally high.
The survey was conducted by pollster Kantar TNS for Helsingin Sanomat. Research director Sakari Nurmela said that Marin’s administration is roughly twice as popular as the predecessor government led by Social Democratic Party chair Antti Rinne towards the end of its time in office.
A TNS Kantar poll about the popularity of the Rinne government during its last days in office in December revealed that just 19 percent of respondents thought the government was doing a good job.
The polls measuring voter evaluations of Rinne’s and Marin’s administrations are not directly comparable, but they do provide a rough picture of different attitudes about them, HS wrote.
A general atmosphere of dissatisfaction
According to HS, the proportion of respondents who said that Marin’s government is performing well in office is smaller than the number in a previous poll by Lännen Media news agency. That survey reported that 64 percent of voters said they were satisfied with the government.
Pollsters speculate that the difference may be due to the fact that the Lännen Media survey did not offer respondents a “neutral” option.
Approval for Marin’s government was also on a solid footing compared to that of Juha Sipilä’s administration, Turku University’s Jokisipilä noted.
"The last [Sipilä’s] government was very unpopular. Sipilä’s image changed. He entered politics as a saviour from the outside, but was heavily criticised towards the end," he told HS
"If we think about the general atmosphere of late, then chronic dissatisfaction has been widespread," Jokisipilä added.
The online survey of 1,178 people was conducted from 21 to 26 February. The margin of error was approximately +/- 2.8 percentage points.