Nearly half of Poles hold favorable view of Catholic Church

Critics of the Catholic Church in Poland are more likely to live in bigger towns and cities and identify with liberal left parties, a recent opinion poll shows

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: PAP

Polish society is split in its view of the Roman Catholic Church, although opinion appears to be shifting toward a more favorable view of the institution, according to a recent survey.

A study conducted by the Center for Public Opinion Research (CBOS) in March revealed that 47 percent of Poles assess the activity of the Catholic Church positively, up 7 percent from September 2022, compared to 42 percent who view it negatively, down 6 percent.

The activity of the Catholic Church was best assessed by people engaged in religious practices, supporters of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, and respondents with conservative views. Relatively often, they are also older respondents (55+), people with basic or vocational education, residents of rural areas, respondents working in private agricultural households including farmers, and respondents with incomes below 2,000 zloty (€426) per month.

Critics of the Catholic Church, in addition to non-religious people, were more likely to be potential voters of the Left, Civic Coalition, Poland 2050, and the Confederation party, as well as respondents identifying with more progressive views.

More young people, between 18 and 24 years of age, view the Church negatively; a majority of those aged 35-44, students, and urban residents also view the Church negatively. Respondents with higher per capita incomes (more than €640 per month) were also more likely to view the Church in a less favorable light.

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