The Polish Voice: An Insight into the Opinions and Preferences of the Polish People
Solid Support for the Ruling Party
The political landscape of Poland remains significantly in favor of the ruling party, the Law and Justice (PiS), according to a recent poll conducted by Ipsos. The survey indicates that if parliamentary elections were to be held currently, PiS would secure a substantial 40% of the votes, maintaining a substantial lead over its competitors. The Civic Coalition (KO) would come in second with 20%, followed by the Left party at 14%, Poland 2050 at 9%, and the Confederation rounding off the top five with 7% of the votes.
A Divided Opinion on Government Performance
While PiS enjoys considerable support, the public’s opinion about the United Right’s government performance is almost evenly split. The survey reveals that 45% of participants expressed satisfaction with the government’s performance. However, a slightly higher percentage, 47%, are dissatisfied, indicating a near-even split in public opinion about the current government’s performance.
Rising Concerns Over the Pandemic
On the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic, the poll shows a significant shift in public sentiment since December. A substantial 67% of respondents now believe that the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, a significant increase from the 39% who held this view in December. Conversely, the proportion of people who think the worst is behind us has decreased from 45% in December to 25% currently. A significant majority, 72%, believe that the government is handling the pandemic poorly, adding another layer of complexity to the people’s relationship with the ruling party.
Media Under Threat and the Controversy Over the Advertising Tax
When it comes to the media, 49% of respondents believe that private media in Poland is under threat. A smaller percentage, 37%, consider this concern to be exaggerated. The poll also touched upon the topic of the “advertising tax” recently proposed by the PiS government. The survey shows that 56% of respondents are against the introduction of this tax for media companies, indicating strong public opposition to the proposed policy.
Poles and the European Union: A Pro-European Sentiment
The survey also delved into the attitudes of Polish citizens towards the European Union (EU). An overwhelming 82% of respondents believe that Poland should remain in the EU, and only 9% support the idea of ‘Polexit’. Furthermore, 56% think that Poland should follow EU law even if it conflicts with national law, indicating strong pro-European sentiment among the public.
Wrapping Up the Findings
The poll conducted by Ipsos offers a fascinating insight into the political preferences and public opinions of Polish citizens. The ruling party, PiS, enjoys a strong position despite a significant portion of the public expressing dissatisfaction with their performance. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause public anxiety, with a majority believing the worst is yet to come and criticizing the government’s handling of the crisis. There is strong public opposition to the proposed “advertising tax” on media companies. Lastly, a majority of citizens believe Poland should continue its association with the EU and follow its laws, even if they conflict with national law.
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