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Thu, 31 Oct, 2013 03:46:49 AM
SDP gain popularity, slide for True Finns
FTimes-STT Report, October 31
File picture of the leaders of Centre Party in a meeting on October 15. Photo - Lehtikuva
A survey report has said the Keskusta (Centre Party) is still the most popular political party in Finland although other parties are fast catching up.
The survey conducted by Yle showed that the Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party-SDP) had slightly gained in popularity while the Perussuomalainen (True Finns) had lost some. 
According to the survey, 23.2% favoured the Centre Party in October, followed by the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party-NCP), the biggest component of the six-party ruling alliance, which was supported by 18.1% of the respondents.
SDP’s popularity increased 1.6% during the same period to reach 16.9%, True Finns’ support dropped by 1.4% to touch 17.4%.
The survey, conducted in October by interviewing 3,000 people, also showed that 8.4% of the respondents supported the Vihreät (Green Party), 7.6% Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance),  3.9% Ruotsalainen kansanpuolue-RKp  (Swedish Peoples’ Party in Finland), and 3.5% people favoured the Kristillisdemokraatit (Christian Democrats).
The report said two-third of the respondents directly mentioned the names of the parties they favoured during interviews.
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