The researcher criticizes the changed attitude towards celebrity candidates: “Do we want a military junta?”
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– Sanna Marin and Mika Aaltola are definitely fighting for some of the same voters, Rahkonen says. Henri Kärkkäinentuuli.firstname.lastname@example.org Today at 7:10 p.m.
- Upi's Mika Aaltola would have been a tough competitor for Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Pirkanmaa, the researcher estimates.
- Both are united by, among other things, a strong profile in security policy.
- According to Rahkonen, party politics has not taken away the credibility of commentators in the media. According to the researcher, in the past celebrity candidates were even despised.
What unites Prime Minister Sanna Marin (sd) and Director of the Foreign Policy Institute Mika Aaltola?
Many things, says E2 Research sales director, researcher Juho Rahkonen.
Yle reported in March that the Pirkanmaa electoral district of the coalition had waited until the last minute to see if Aaltola would go on their list as a parliamentary election candidate. However, Aaltola had finally refused.
Kokoomus and SDP are a well-known fighting couple in Pirkanmaa. Marin is very popular in the area.
For example, journalist Matti Mörttinen evaluated the coalition's bid before.
– My perhaps cynical assessment: the coalition wanted Mika Aaltola as its candidate for Pirkanmaa. Apparently, there was a strong belief that this would have especially taken personal votes away from Sanna Marin. The people of Pirkan are often excited about "phenomenal politicians" in elections, Mörttinen tweeted.
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According to Rahkonen, the assessment is definitely valid.
– Uusimaa's electoral district is already crowded. The coalition already has security policy candidates in the dark. Pirkanmaa would have more to win. Sanna Marin and Mika Aaltola are definitely fighting for some of the same voters, says Rahkonen.
– Aaltola is not typically a candidate for Helsinki or Uusimaa. When his support has been measured in the presidential election, it is evenly distributed across the country. Pirkanmaa is not exactly in the heart of congested Finland, but in a very populous province. It would have been a good tactical bet for the coalition to take him to Pirkanmaa.
According to Rahkonen, the constituency of Varsinais-Finland would not have been suitable, because it is the constituency of the chairman of the coalition Petteri Orpo.< /p>
Rahkonen estimates that Aaltola wants to hold on to his position as a researcher for the time being.
– Now there has been a march of soldiers to the forefront of politics, Rahkonen states. Tiina Somerpuro/kl
Aaltola and Marin have both been heavily profiled in security policy during the war in Ukraine. In addition, according to the researcher, both strive to be new European value leaders and visible media figures.
According to Rahkonen, both are also populist.
– They do know what the majority of citizens think about some issues and their topics are the same, Rahkonen elaborates.
– Marinkin uses the war situation for his own support. Often, crises benefit those in power.
In addition, both of Rahkos as individuals speak to the same electorate.
The differences in support between the parties are currently very small. Rahkonen estimates that Aaltola would have won a large number of votes in Pirkanmaa and passed by throwing. He was more popular than Mari in presidential support.
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Change of attitude towards celebrities
According to Rahkonen, party politics has not taken away the credibility of commentators in the media. For example, the coalition candidates Pekka Toveri and Jarno Limnéll are constantly in the media as war experts.
– When it comes to war, experts and commentators are not even expected to be neutral. The media has also strongly taken a certain point of view on things. The majority of Finns think that we are all one front as part of the war, as if an extension of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, he reasons.
Soldiers did not participate in politics before, and according to Rahkonen, that was a rule that was followed for a long time.< /p>
– Now there has been a march of soldiers to the forefront of politics.
However, there have always been celebrity candidates in general. According to Rahkonen, every party needs well-known candidates.
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius will leave parliament after this election term. Stock photo. Inka Soveri
– In previous elections, celebrity candidates were talked about in a slightly contemptuous tone, that these are now celebrity candidates and not real candidates. But I have definitely not seen the same in these elections. Perhaps it is no longer considered such an objectionable thing.
Many former celebrity politicians, such as Pirkka-Pekka Petelius (green), Mikko Alatalo (center) and Sari Multala (kok) are from the cultural sector or sports. For example, according to Rahkonen, Alatalo was initially belittled.
– I would criticize that this also shows a rather cold attitude. If you can only be credible when there is a war, and as if culture, entertainment or sports are not important, then this makes you wonder why you think this way.
– Many people think that culture it's kind of pointless and security is right and they want soldiers in the parliament. Do we want a military junta here? You could also ask that provocatively.
Mika Aaltola and Alexander Stubb answered the presidential polls in February. Kreeta karvala
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