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More than three-quarters of Finns are in favor of Finland joining NATO.

Political leadership Yleisradio Oblast continues to consider submitting an application for accession to NATO and has shown a study commissioned by YLE that it can rely on the clear and growing public support for accession.

Monday YLE clearly Public support for pursuing accession to the defense alliance soared from 53% in February to 62% in March and 76% in May.

The percentage of respondents who disagreed with members decreased from 28% to 12%, and the percentage of respondents who were uncertain about the problem decreased from 19% to 11%.

If Sweden decides to apply for membership, the level of support will increase to 83 percent. Finnish political leaders who have publicly expressed their support for membership will have about the same impact, raising the level of support to 82 percent.

The gap between the views of men and women has narrowed, and 81% of men and 72% of women now support NATO membership. Percentages have risen 10 percentage points and 19 percentage points, respectively, since March.

According to YLE, public support for membership increased throughout the political spectrum during this spring.

All UN supporters remain almost without exception in support of joining the defense alliance. Pronato’s view is also common among supporters of the Center and the Swedish People’s Party.

Finland’s main ruling Social Democratic Party is to clarify its stance on this issue when the party council meets on May 14. Supporters of the party are already widely members, 81% of whom estimate that Finland should join NATO. Its share rose significantly from about 45% in February to 50% in March.

“NATO’s support among SDP supporters has risen by as much as 30 percentage points. This can be seen as a fairly wild development. There has been a big change among the supporters of the Left Alliance, apparently a majority. But [them] I am currently in favor of joining NATO. ” Jari PajunenManaging Director of Taloustutkimus.

Re-AnderssonThe chairman of the Left Alliance announced on Saturday that the party would not leave the government if the party submitted an application for membership, marking a major shift from the party’s long-standing position.

Taloustutkimus interviewed 1,270 people for the May 4-6 survey.

According to the survey, only 15 percent of Finns currently have the opinion that the referendum should be organized on membership issues. Almost four-fifths of respondents said they were against holding a referendum.

In February, nearly half of the respondents opposed the referendum idea, with two-fifths supporting it.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/21509-yle-over-three-quarters-of-finns-are-in-favour-of-finland-joining-nato.html More than three-quarters of Finns are in favor of Finland joining NATO.

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