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Right-wing parties surpass Sanna Marin's Social Democrats in vote poll

If these results are confirmed on Sunday, the right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset would rise more than 9 percentage points in support compared to the previous municipal elections.
HANDOUT - 10 December 2020, Belgium, Brussels: Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks to media as she arrives for the first day of a two days face-to-face European Council summit. Photo: Alexandros Michailidis/EU Council/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks to media in Brussels. Photo: Alexandros Michailidis/EU Council/dpa.

The main parties that make up Finland's right-wing opposition surpass Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Social Democratic Party (SDP) in voting intentions ahead of the municipal elections on Sunday 13 June.

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Data source: Yle.

According to a new poll published Thursday by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) is currently leading the polls with 19.6% of support. Second place is for the right-wing populist True Finns Party (Perussuomalaiset), with 18% support.

The party led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin is in third place with 17%, according to Yle's poll.

The voting poll shows that both the Prime Minister's Socialists and the Perussuomalaiset have decreased in voting intention compared to the previous poll conducted in May.

The fall has been much greater for the SDP (1.1 percentage points). Since the previous survey, the Prime Minister has been involved in a scandal known as 'breakfastgate', in which it is suspected that she received meal benefits of 14,000 euros. The legality of the payments made by the Prime Minister's Office is being investigated by the police.

For their part, the True Finns have lost 0.2 points of support in the last weeks amid the uproar linked to election posters against the immigrant population placed in Helsinki.

Strong rise of 'persut'

However, if these results are confirmed on Sunday, the Perussuomaliset would rise more than 9 percentage points in support compared to the previous municipal elections held in 2017.

The SDP, for its part, would lose 2.4 points compared to 4 years ago.

The Center Party (Keskusta), Sanna Marin's main government partner, would increase its support by 1.3 points compared to the last poll. Even so, it is not enough to compensate for the 4.5 points loss recorded since the 2017 elections.

The poll gives the Left Alliance led by Li Andersson 8.5% of support, half a point more than the in last poll, although it would suffer a small drop compared to 2017.

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