Survey indicates True Finns are taking votes from Centre Party in Lapland
The popularity of the right-of-centre populist True Finns party has continued to grow, and a recent local survey shows it attracting supporters from the Centre Party, the strongest party in Lapland.
According to an opinion poll conducted by the polling agency TNS Gallup and commissioned by the northern newspapers Lapin Kansa and Pohjolan Sanomat, the popularity of the Centre Party in the region would seem to drop by nearly 10 percentage points.
In the parliamentary election in 2007, 43.2 per cent of people in Lapland voted for the Centrists, but according to the poll, support for the party is now down at 33.4 per cent.
In the survey, 16.7 per cent of respondents said that they would vote for the True Finns in the next election. The result would raise the party above the Social Democrats and the National Coalition Party, which would earn it one MP in Parliament.
Even if support for the Centre Party were to wane as predicted, the party would still hang on to its three MPs.
The Left Alliance would appear to be heading towards losing one of its two local seats in the constiuency, which is large in terms of area, but very sparsely populated.
The numbers are based on responses from about 1,000 people in Lapland.
Finland's next parliamentary election will take place on April 17th 2011.
Previously in HS International Edition:
YLE poll: True Finns hot on heels of Centre Party (25.10.2010)
Poll suggests increased confusion over politics (15.10.2010)
YLE poll: True Finns continue to gain ground (31.12.2010)
MTV3 poll gives True Finns 14.6 per cent support (10.11.2010)
Magazine claims True Finns are attracting supporters from all three large parties (29.10.2010)
NEWS ANALYSIS: The True Finns. Not just populists any more (7.9.2010)
Finnish Parliamentary Election, 2011 (Wikipedia)