Research: Trust in politicians in peak readings

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EVA investigated Finns' attitude towards politics and politicians in the first month of the war in Ukraine. The attitudes correspond to what was seen in corona spring 2020.

Study: Trust in politicians in peak readings

EVA says that trust in decision-makers is emphasized in the midst of a crisis. The unanimity of the government and parliament seems to have affected the opinion of Finns. Pete [email protected] at 6:14

51 percent of Finns think that the information given by politicians to citizens is reliable, according to the Values ​​and Attitudes Survey of the Business Delegation EVA. 28 percent reject the claim.

According to EVA, the perception of the reliability of the information given by politicians has improved by 26 percentage points since last fall. This is the highest reading in measurement history.

– The unanimity of the government and parliament in foreign policy decision-making and the focus on decision-making that is central to Finland explain the change in Finns' views. Attitudes correspond to what was seen in corona spring 2020. At that time, 48 percent trusted the information given by politicians. Trust in decision-makers is strengthened in the midst of a crisis. The phenomenon is called Rally 'round the flag, says EVA's managing director Sami Metelinen in the press release.

EVA investigated Finns' attitude towards politics and politicians in the first month of the war in Ukraine. 2,074 people responded to the survey between 4 March and 15 March 2022.

Too much power on social media

The survey also found out which social entities Finns think have too much, appropriately or too little power.

The results show that, according to Finns, most of the entities operating in our society have appropriate power. The majority feels that too much power in society is held by social media (72%), international technology waste and large corporations.

According to EVA, it is worth noting that the political parties, civil servants, government, which are at the core of society's use of power , municipal decision-makers, the parliament, the judiciary and the police are estimated to have appropriate power. More power would be mainly for the citizens.

The majority of Finns estimate that the president of the republic has appropriate social power. More than a quarter would still like the president to have more power, but there has been a significant change in views compared to five years ago, when 43 percent still estimate that the president of the republic has too little power

The majority (57%) feels today, private citizens have enough power, but 42 percent feel that it is still too little.

– The change from the previous measurement, to 2017, is also large, 15 percentage points. At that time, well over half felt that private citizens have too little power. It may be that Finns' perceptions of their own power have been affected by the fact that politicians took action after citizens' positions on NATO changed.

– It is also interesting that clearly fewer than before now wish the president of the republic more power. The change can be explained by the emphasis on the duties of the president of the republic in recent events, which has offered Sauli Niinistö the opportunity to fulfill the expectations set for his institution, says Sami Metelinen.

The results are based on the answers given by 2,074 people. The margin of error for the results is 2–3 percentage points in both directions at the level of the entire population. Data collection for the study has been done during the second and third weeks of the war in Ukraine, March 4–15, 2022. The respondents represent the entire country's 18–79-year-old population (excluding Åland). The data was collected in Taloustutkimus Oy's internet panel, from which the research sample was formed by stratified random sampling. The results and their more detailed breakdowns by population group can be found on EVA's website. EVA's Values ​​and Attitude Surveys have been conducted since 1984.

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