Comment: This is the first poll that shows that the populist True Finns may have reached their zenith and that their popularity is weaning. A poll commissioned by MTV3 showed in March that only 16.2% (-0.8%) would vote for the True Finns. Kokoomus and the Center Party were near-tied at 19.9% and 19.8%, respectively. The Social Democrats came in third with 18.1%.
As mentioned in previous posts, polls should be treated as polls. However, it is pretty significant that the True Finns, which have been the rising star of the polls, are now seeing their popularity heading south.
A lot of people are very concerned about the prospect of a large populist, anti-immigrant and anti-EU party in Finland. The attacks by other parties, media and normal voters of the True Finns have probably start to bite. One of the eeriest things that the head of the True Finns, Timo Soini, likes to say is that he aims to break the stranglehold of the three largest parties over Finnish politics.
In a typical True Finns style he does not mention with what he plans to replace the three parties with.
Finns go to the polls on April 17.
MTV3:n puoluegallupin mukaan kokoomuksen ja keskustan kannatus on käytännössä tasoissa. Kokoomusta kannattaa 19,9 prosenttia ja keskustaa 19,8 prosenttia suomalaisista. Kolmantena on SDP 18,1 prosentin kannatuksella ja neljäntenä perussuomalaiset, jonka kannatus on 16,2 prosenttia.
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