‘The right must fight for the youth,’ says Polish MEP Patryk Jaki

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New polling data shows that Poland’s youth are increasingly embracing left-wing views, and one of Poland’s top conservative politicians, MEP Patryk Jaki, believes the right needs to take action if it wants to stem the losses.

The CBOS polling firm shows that political views of young people aged between 18 to 24 illustrates radical changes in political views since 1990. For the last 20 years, support for the left in Poland mainly dropped and maintained a level of 10 to 15 percent. There was a very slight growth in 2017, followed by an extremely rapid one between 2019 and 2020, with 30 percent of surveyed youth now declaring left-wing views.

The CBOS emphasized that this is the highest level of left-wing political support in the survey’s history, but also for the first time in 20 years more youth declare support for the left than the right, which saw only 27 percent of support.

“In 2020, the index of young Poles (18-24) with left-wing views almost doubled compared to the previous years, reaching the highest level in the history of our research (30 percent). For the first time in almost 20 years, support for the left exceeded that for the right in this group,” the report read. 

The CBOS chart presents the declared political views of people aged 18 to 24 in the years between 1990 and 2020. The red color represents left-wing views, yellow represents center views, blue is right-wing views, and gray are views hard to determine.