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Vast 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 Welfare Sectors.

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 of "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.