According to the poll for Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, before parliamentary elections last April, Sipilä earned a trust rating of 3.4 points. However in the period November – December, that grade had slipped to 2.5.
All the same, some 28 percent of respondents had a favourable or somewhat favourable view of Sipilä’s performance, compared to 17 – 18 percent for other party leaders.
The paper asked respondents to evaluate how far certain statements applied to the chairs of the country’s four major political parties, the Centre Party, Social Democratic Party, National Coalition Party and the Finns Party.
Although Sipilä led the field, his perceived trustworthiness has clearly suffered during his term in office, the poll found. The paper converted the poll data to points on a scale of 1 to 5 and found that Sipilä’s trustworthiness rating of 3.4, which fell to 2.5 in the latest survey.
SDP's Rinne a close second
Opposition SDP chair Antti Rinne claimed the runner up position with 2.4 points, while Foreign Minister and Finns Party head Timo Soini came in third with 2.3 points. Finance Minister and National Coalition Party leader Alexander Stubb trailed in fourth place with 2.1 points.
Sipilä fared best in the survey in rural areas, but he also outdid his peers in the capital region. He was also a clear favourite among the over-60 group, while Rinne attracted the support of young respondents.
The survey was conducted by TNS Gallup and involved a week-long web-based poll of just over 1,000 respondents from November 27 to December 2. The margin of error was 3 percentage points either way.