Half of Poles believe left-wing opposition would axe social programs instituted by conservative government

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Almost half of Poles, 49.9 percent, doubt that the opposition would maintain the social programs introduced by the current government if the opposition wins the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to a recent survey by United Surveys for Wirtualna Polska.

This finding casts doubt on the promises made by the leaders of the largest opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), which has assured it would not withdraw the social programs introduced by the current administration.

In the survey, respondents were asked: “Do you believe that if the opposition comes to power, they will maintain PiS’ social programs and decisions, such as 500 Plus or lowering the retirement age?”

According to the poll, 49.9 percent do not believe in the promises of opposition politicians. Among those respondents, 26.3 percent chose “They will probably not maintain them,” and 23 percent chose “They will definitely not maintain them.”

In contrast, 45 percent of the respondents believe that the opposition would maintain social programs, with 20.7 percent believing that they will definitely maintain them and 24.3 percent saying they believe that they will probably maintain them. Only 5.1 percent of respondents chose “I don’t know/It’s hard to say.”

The latest poll on support for Polish political parties shows a growing lead for Law and Justice (PiS) over Civic Coalition (KO), according to a survey conducted by the Social Changes research institute for the wPolityce.pl news outlet.

PiS is now supported by 37 percent of respondents, a 2-percentage point increase compared to the previous survey, while the Civic Coalition’s support decreased by 2 percentage points to 29 percent. The Left party maintained their support at 9 percent.

Other political parties included in the survey were Szymon Hołownia’s Poland 2050, with 7 percent support (a decrease of two points); Confederation and the Polish People’s Party, both with 6 percent support (no change); Kukiz’15 with 2 percent (no change); and Agreement, with 1 percent support (no change).

Only 3 percent of respondents said they would select “other parties.”

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