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Most Finns Want a Strong President

A majority of Finns want no changes in the powers of the President. While some politicians have called for curbing Presidential powers, the population at large are overwhelmingly opposed to any such curbs, and many would like to increase the authority of the President.

A fresh poll commissioned jointly by a number of provincial newspapers showed that 75 percent of the population are opposed to any curbs on the President's authority, while 12 percent called for increasing them.

One in six supporters of the Left Alliance were in favour of increasing Presidential power. Supporters of the Green League were most likely to support the status quo.

Most of the supporters of turning the President into a figurehead head of state were supporters of the conservative National Coalition Party, one in five of whom felt that way; however, even among them, a majority were satisfied with the present situation.


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