Here’s the question: Why is the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party the only one in Finland commissioning opinion polls about what Finns think about migration policy and migrants? They did this in 2010 with a no-brainer question that would give them the result they sought.
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The latest poll commissioned by the PS, an anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam party, doesn’t tell us anything new except that Timo Soini’s party wants immigration to be an election issue.
As Migrant Tales has written on a number of occasions, the anti-immigration stance of the PS hinges on two premises: immigration policy and cultural diversity.
By being against Finland’s immigration policy, one can limit Africans, Muslims and other visible migrants from moving here and thereby undermine cultural diversity. The main goal of the PS’ immigration policy is to keep Finland white. White for the PS doesn’t mean Russians.
Eighty-six percent of PS voters consider Finland’s immigration policy too liberal compared with 51% of all respondents, according to the poll. Even so, 8% of those polled compared with 19% of PS voters wanted stricter rules for migrants who planned to move to Finland.
While the poll shows PS followers to be less critical of migration policy and migrants when compared to 2010, the poll doesn’t offer us any valuable information except that immigration is an important campaign issue especially for the PS.
Why has Helsingin Sanomat’s stopped commissioning these types of polls four years ago? Is it because they are biased and because one can load the questions in order to get the answer one wishes?
Imagine Helsingin Sanomat’s poll question in 2010: Do you want more migrants to move to Finland?
Seriously folks, how many countries in the world state that they want more immigrants?
So why did the PS commission the latest poll?
Because they are an anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam party that has built its popularity on xenophobia. Even if they claim not to be an anti-immigration party, they are loud and clear.
By ratcheting up their anti-EU was well as their anti-immigration and anti-Islam rhetoric, they hope to get a good election result in May and in the parliamentary elections of April 2015.
That’s after they had disappointing results in the presidential and municipal elections.