majority of Finns oppose privatisation of
"a significant proportion"
of public services
JHL (14.04.2011 - Juhani Artto)
Finns do not regard the privatisation of public services as a viable
solution to society’s problems. Regardless of gender, age, place of residence,
political orientation or status in working life a large majority say NO
to privatisation of "a significant proportion" of public services. This
conclusion is among the major results in the recent opinion survey, carried
out by TNS-Gallup and commissioned by the Trade Union for the Public and
Only 16 per cent of the respondents agreed with the claim "A significant
proportion of public services should be outsourced to private companies". 76
per cent disagreed with the claim. A similar divide between support and
opposition was also found among both men and women and among people living
in various parts of the country.
Political orientation clearly had some influence on opinion as privatisation
"a significant proportion" of public services was opposed by 91 per cent of
the supporters of the Social-Democratic Party but only by 69 per cent of the
supporters of the Conservative Party. Supporters of the other political
parties hovered somewhere between these two points.
Also the age factor could be recognized in the results. Those below 25
years of age registered a 60 per cent opposition to the privatisation claim
but in all other age cohorts 74 per cent or more opposed it.
The largest proportion of YES opinions was found among entrepreneurs. 31 per
cent supported the privatisation option, yet tellingly a large majority of
62 per cent opposed it. 76 per cent of wage and salary earners opposed any
large scale privatisation and the opposition was almost as great among
employees in leading positions.