Majority of Poles believe Jarosław Kaczyński should retire from politics, poll finds

Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, gets in a car after voting during parliamentary elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk, File)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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A sizeable majority of Poles believe Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, should step down from his position following the recent election, according to a survey conducted by IBRiS.

Despite being the formal winner of the October parliamentary elections, the Law and Justice (PiS) party is unlikely to maintain its hold on power. The party did not secure enough seats to form an independent government, and even a coalition with the Confederation party would not give them this ability.

Media reports suggest that the leadership of the Law and Justice Party has not analyzed the reasons for the unsatisfactory election results and, for now, is not taking any action against individual politicians.

However, Jarosław Kaczyński is expected to take the blame.

The future of Jarosław Kaczyński was addressed in the IBRiS poll conducted for commercial Radio ZET. Poles were asked, “Do you think Jarosław Kaczyński should retire from politics?”

A staggering 68.2 percent of respondents answered “definitely yes,” while 6.7 percent said “probably yes.”

Only 8.8 percent responded with “definitely no,” 11.1 percent said “probably no,” and 5.2 percent of those surveyed had no opinion on the matter.

Interestingly, 36 percent of Law and Justice (PiS) party voters believe Kaczyński should retire. Moreover, this sentiment is shared by 95 percent of liberal Civic Coalition supporters and 100 percent of the centrist Third Way voters.

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