Finnish Government Approval Ratings Decline

A recent survey indicates that 45% of respondents are dissatisfied with the current cabinet’s performance.

A recent survey conducted by Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest daily newspaper, revealed that nearly half of Finns are unhappy with the government led by Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. The survey found that 45% of respondents are dissatisfied with the performance of the current cabinet, an increase of 10% since a similar survey was conducted six months ago.

Despite the growing discontent, the proportion of those satisfied with the government has remained relatively stable at around one third. The survey also showed a decline in Prime Minister Orpo’s popularity. While only a third of respondents expressed satisfaction with his policies, nearly half voiced disappointment. The percentage of those dissatisfied with Orpo has risen from 33% in December to 47% in the latest survey.

The survey also evaluated the popularity of individual ministers. Finnish Finance Minister Riikka Purra, Economy Minister Wille Rydman, and Social Affairs and Health Minister Kaisa Juuso received the lowest approval ratings from respondents. In contrast, Defense Minister Antti Hakkanen (51%) and Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen (43%) were the most popular cabinet members.

The survey, carried out by Verian (formerly Kantar Public) between June 19th and 24th, polled 1,120 individuals across Finland, excluding residents of the Aland Islands.