Opinion poll: Polexit tendencies are higher among youth than older generations

The latest survey suggests also that most Poles want to stay in the EU despite the Polish government’s conflicts with the EU

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Rp.pl/wprost.pl

In a new survey, Poles were asked whether the Polish government should carry out a referendum on Poland’s membership in the European Union given the current conflict with EU institutions such as the European Commission

The survey, conducted by SW Research for Polish media outlet Rzeczpospolita, showed that opinions on the matter were incredibly divided. The survey showed that 42.6 percent of respondents, however, declared that a referendum on EU membership should be held, while 36.9 percent were against the idea and 20.5 percent did not have an opinion on the matter.

Poles were also asked about how they would vote in such a referendum if it took place this weekend.

The vast majority (64.4 percent) would support Poland remaining in the EU. Only 14.8 percent would support Polexit, while 14.1 percent did not have an opinion, and 6.7 percent would not participate in the referendum.

Depending on the age group of the respondents, answers vastly differed. The survey also showed that Polexit tendencies are higher among youth than older generations.

The deputy head of the SW Research management board Piotr Zimolzak explained that the inhabitants of cities with populations between 200,000 and 499,000 (72 percent) were in favor of Poland remaining, as were people aged 50 and above (71 percent). The majority of people with higher education also supported Poland remaining in the EU (70 percent).

Slightly more men would vote in favor of leaving (20 percent) and younger people aged 25 to 34 years (19 percent).

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