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Are Finnish people turning their backs on their far right party, True Finns?

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
It looks like the Finnish people are openly rejecting their far right views by withdrawing support from the True Finn party. This is because reports show that the support for the party radical ideas seems to be putting supporters off – some what!

According to reports, a year after their big parliamentary win, support for the Finns Party continues to slide. A new Helsingin Sanomat poll finds that the party currently enjoys popular backing around 16 percent, which is some 7 percentage points down from last summer.

The nationalistic Finns Party (far right) now ranks fourth in terms of popular support. The eurosceptic party has suffered several setbacks since its refusal to join the government coalition last spring, despite emerging as the biggest winner in the general elections.

The Finns Party’s declining public support may point to citizens tiring of its repeated negative comments about immigrants and sexual minorities.

Most recently, a Finns Party parliamentary aide called on foreigners in Finland to wear Nazi-style armbands to aid police in their identification.

In October Finns Party MP Teuvo Hakkarainen said in an interview that immigrants and homosexuals should be banished to the island province of Åland. He has also used the N-word when complaining about immigrants arriving at Finland’s borders.

Last summer Finns Party MP Jussi Halla-aho raised ire by suggesting that a return to military dictatorship would be the only way to solve Greece's debt problems. Halla-aho, known for his controversial political blogs, was once charged but acquitted with incitement against an ethnic group for online comments about the Prophet Muhammad.

With a backing of 23 percent, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s National Coalition has maintained its position as the country’s largest party.

TNS Gallup poll, commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat poll, was carried out between March 20 and April 15 and included responses from 2,436 people. The margin of error was just under two percentage points.
News Source:  Yle Finland

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