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Niinisto tops Finnish president poll: Royal Dutch Shell Chairman Jorma Ollila comes third

NewsRoom Finland: Niinistö tops Finnish president poll

4.4.2008 at 15:15

Sauli Niinistö (cons), speaker of Finland’s Parliament and run-off presidential election candidate in 2006, comfortably took first place in a poll where Taloustutkimus asked the public’s opinion on a number of potential 2012 election candidates.

Weekly Suomen Kuvalehti published the findings in its Friday issue.

Some 35 per cent of the respondents said Mr Niinistö was very suitable for the office of president, with five per cent saying he was very unsuitable.

The runner-up in the poll is Matti Vanhanen, prime minister and Centre party leader, with 13 per cent, followed by Jorma Ollila, chairman of Nokia and Royal Dutch Shell, and Olli Rehn (centre), the Finnish member of the European commission.

Paavo Väyrynen, the foreign trade and development minister, and Björn Wahlroos, the chief executive of Sampo, were the most unpopular choices among the respondents.

The survey was carried out in February and March. About 1,000 people answered the poll. Taloustutkimus estimates that the margin of error is up to 3.2 percentage points either way.
/STT/

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