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Marin government inspires more confidence than predecessors

Sixty-two percent of respondents say they have confidence in the cabinet's ability to handle the nation's affairs.

Sanna Marin eduskunnan täysistunnossa Helsingissä.
PM Sanna Marin in Parliament on 26 June. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Sanna Marin's government has more support than its two predecessors, according to a survey published by the independent Foundation for Municipal Development (Kaks) on Saturday.

Nearly 62 percent of respondents say they have confidence in the centre-left cabinet's ability to handle the nation's affairs.

Without giving specific figures, the foundation says this is higher than corresponding figures for the governments led by Marin's fellow Social Democrat Antti Rinne in the second half of last year and Centre PM Juha Sipilä (2015-19) after the same time in office.

The survey was carried out in late May and early June, when Marin's cabinet had been in office for nearly half a year – about as long as Rinne's government survived altogether.

Marin took over from Rinne on 10 December 2019, becoming the world's youngest prime minister at age 34.

Majority expect coalition to stay in power until 2023

Sixty percent of respondents believe that Marin's government will remain in office until the next parliamentary election in April 2023, while 23 percent expect it to collapse before then. A year ago, shortly after Rinne's cabinet took office, only 45 percent had confidence that it would serve a full four-year legislative term.

Among supporters of any of the five parties in government, 85 percent expressed confidence in the coalition, as did nearly one third of opposition party supporters. The strongest backers of the government were supporters of Marin's own SDP as well as those of the Left Alliance and the Greens.

Pollster Kantar TNS interviewed just over 1,000 adult Finns between 30 May and 4 June. It estimates the margin of error at just under three percentage points.

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