Majority of Poles support government’s response to Russian invasion of Ukraine

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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A majority of Poles approve of the action taken by their country’s government in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, new polling shows.

According to a poll by the Institute of Market and Social Research IBRIS for the Rzeczpospolita newspaper, 65 percent of respondents considered the action taken by the Polish government on the international stage to be either “definitely good” or “rather good.”

On the contrary, 30 percent disapproved of the handling of the crisis by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s government, while 5 percent did not offer an opinion on the matter.

Rzeczpospolita notes that the opposition voters’ positive rating may be surprising, as 43 percent of them evaluated the actions of Mateusz Morawiecki’s government as “rather good”, and only 13 percent of the respondents as “very bad.”

The satisfaction of the traditional supporters of the government is not surprising, as almost 100 percent of them are in favor of the government’s policy regarding Ukraine — 48 percent considered the response to be “definitely good,” and 49 percent “rather good.”

“I don’t find those results surprising, because everyone is giving Poles credit and talking about how fanatically we are helping,” said Anna Materska-Sosnowska, a political scientist from the University of Warsaw.

A similar point of view is presented by Jarosław Flis, a sociologist from the Jagiellonian University, who says that the results of the poll show that the rating breaks away from the political preferences in general.

“In this poll, specific actions are being evaluated rather than political preferences. From the government’s perspective it means that it is not necessary to create internal conflicts to receive positive ratings,” Flis added.

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