No yearning for Tusk’s return to power among voters

According to the latest public opinion survey, 62 percent don’t want Donald Tusk and his party to return to power

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk

A United Surveys poll carried out for the news outlet shows that 62 percent of voters in Poland do not want to see the return of a Civic Platform (PO) government led by Donald Tusk. Just 27 percent expressed their support for a Tusk-led government, while 11 percent had no view on the matter. 

Predictably enough, the voters who support the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) were opposed the most (93 percent), with the rest expressing no view. Among opposition voters, 51 percent favored the return of a Tusk-led government, while 34 percent declared they did not, with the rest expressing no clear view.

The survey shows that Tusk is not backed by a significant majority of opposition voters, presumably those who support opposition parties other than PO. Such findings may cause these parties to oppose Tusk’s automatic return as prime minister should the opposition as a whole have a majority in parliament after the next election. 

From 2007 to 2014, Donald Tusk led a coalition government between his liberal PO and a smaller center-right oriented Polish People’s Party (PSL). Both these parties are members of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. 

In 2014, Tusk became president of the European Council and was re-appointed to this position in 2017. He resigned as Polish prime minister to take the role, returning to Polish politics in 2021.

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