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Poll suggests record-level support for Finnish President

Only three percent of respondents to a recent survey indicated dissatisfaction with President Sauli Niinistö's performance.

Presidentti Sauli Niinistö
71-year-old Sauli Niinistö has served as Finland's 12th president since 2012. Image: Jaani Lampinen / Yle

A recent survey of the Finnish public from the country's most widely-read daily suggests that President Sauli Niinistö is currently enjoying unprecedented levels of support in Finland.

Over 90 percent of respondents to the late-August Kantar TNS survey said they felt Niinistö had succeeded in his presidential tasks at least somewhat satisfactorily. Close to half answered that they were very satisfied with his performance.

Sauli Niinistö has seen public support for his presidency rise steadily since he was first elected president in 2012. The former conservative National Coalition Party (NCP) chair and finance minister was re-elected for a second six-year term in 2018 after a landslide vote.

The poll indicates that Niinistö enjoys the support of the Finnish public across party lines. In fact, 63 percent of respondents who identified as Social Democratic Party supporters felt Niinistö was doing a very good job, followed by 62 percent of Centre Party adherents, and 59 percent of NCP supporters.

Just three percent of the 1,005 people participating in the poll gave the president a "somewhat or very poor" grade. The margin of error for the survey results is three percentage points in either direction.

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