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Survey: More than one-third believe outside forces trying to influence voting

Men and voters over 45 are most likely to believe that outside forces are trying to sway voting in the upcoming Finnish and European parliamentary elections.

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More than one third of people surveyed in a recent pool -- 36 percent -- said they believe that outside forces are trying to influence voting in the upcoming Finnish Parliamentary elections and the European Parliament elections.

Men and respondents over 45 years of age are most likely to believe that outside forces are trying to influence voters, according to a survey carried out by the Finnish Newspapers Association.

Meanwhile 62 percent of respondents said they were confident in their ability to spot attempts to sway their vote.

Newspapers a major source of information

Printed or digital newspapers are one of the main sources of information for voters in the Finnish parliamentary elections, with 69 percent of survey respondents citing them as their main source. Television followed closely, with 63 percent of respondents saying it was their main source of information regarding who to vote for.

Third was radio, with 27 percent of respondents reporting that they use it to make decisions regarding the elections. Printed or digital regional newspapers came in fourth, with 23 percent of respondents citing them as a valuable source.

One thousand people were interviewed for the survey, which was carried out by market research firm IRO Research Oy. The margin of error is at most 3.2 percentage points.

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