A new poll from the nation’s most widely-read newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, suggests that 29 percent of the Finnish public feels that the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has succeeded somewhat or very well in office. One in three of the survey respondents, however, indicated that they felt the current government had fulfilled its duties somewhat or very poorly. Another third refused to come down on one side or the other.
The poll’s results indicate that the government approval rating is the highest it has been since the summer of 2015, when the new three-party coalition had just been founded. Polls at that time suggested that 37 percent of the public felt the government was performing well out of the gate.
The latest poll indicates that approval rates are nevertheless down from those early days.
PM approval ratings down
The Prime Minister himself has also seen his approval ratings fall since the coalition took office. The paper’s December poll suggests that 31 percent of the public believes that the Centre Party’s Juha Sipilä has succeeded and 41 percent believe he has done poorly as premiere.
Foreign Minister and former Finns Party chair Timo Soini fared better in the fresh poll, with 33 percent of the respondents indicating their approval of his ministerial work, while Finance Minister Petteri Orpo came out with the highest result, at 37 percent approval for the National Coalition Party chair.
Helsingin Sanomat commissioned the poll from Kantar TNS, which interviewed about one thousand people throughout Finland during the month of December. The margin of error for the poll’s results is three percentage points in either direction.