A latest poll commissioned by YLE showed that if elections were held today, the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* would receive only 13.3% of the votes, which is the lowest drop ever after it won the 2011 elections with 19.1% of the vote, writes Yle in English. The PS saw its support slip by 1% from the previous month.
Writes YLE in English:
Since autumn the party’s fortunes in the polls have been trending downwards and it has lost roughly one percentage point in support every month since it scored an approval rating of 17.1 percent back in August.
As in past polls, the Center Party retained its status as the most popular party with 26.8% followed by the National Coalition Party (17.1%) and Social Democrats (15.3%).
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One of the explanations for the sharp drop in PS support is that the nationalist party has failed to attract women supporters with an ever-growing number of males leaving the party.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.