Finnish opposition get poll boost for backing NATO bid

The National Coalition Party is currently polling at 24.1%, a fresh poll commissioned by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and published on Wednesday (18 May) has found. [Shutterstock/Aija Lehtonen]

The liberal-conservative National Coalition Party (NCP), a staunch advocate of NATO membership for the past 20 years and currently in opposition, has maintained and increased its lead in a new opinion poll.

The National Coalition Party is currently polling at 24.1%, a fresh poll commissioned by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and published on Wednesday (18 May) has found.

The gap between the party and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) – which is second with 18.7% – has widened as SDP lost 0.8% despite its party leader and Prime Minister Sanna Marin having been a strong Russia critic and steering her party towards NATO membership.

Meanwhile, the nationalist Finns Party rose to 15.4%.

Finns Party member Jussi Halla-aho was recently appointed to chair parliament’s foreign affairs committee and has come out as a supporter of NATO membership. The party has also become a channel for those complaining about rising fuel and energy prices.

The next general elections take place in April 2023.

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