Poland’s conservative ruling party tops the polls, but still unable to win absolute majority

The leader of Law and Justice (PiS), Jarosław Kaczyński, voting in the Polish parliament together with other ruling party leaders. (Source: sejm.gov.pl)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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The conservative Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party would win in the Polish parliamentary elections if they were held today, the latest survey by the Institute of Economic and Social Research (IBRiS) for commercial Radio Zet shows. However, the party would not have a chance to win an absolute majority.

The poll shows 29.6 percent of the respondents would vote for PiS, while in second is Civic Coalition (PO) at 23.7 percent. In third is Szymon Hołownia’s Poland 2050 with 9.9 percent of the votes.

Three more parties would also enter the parliament — the Left with 8.2 percent, the Polish People’s Party- Polish Coalition with 6.1 percent of the votes, and the Confederation party with 5.5 percent.

The survey highlighted a sizeable group of undecided voters, with 17 percent of respondents not knowing who to vote for.

Only 48.8 percent of respondents declared they would participate in elections.

The leader of PiS, Jarosław Kaczyński, recently told Gazeta Polska weekly that the largest challenge for the party is the “lack of faith of some of the members in victory.” According to Kaczyński, such an attitude was caused by an “irrational premise” that was spread by Polish media, but in Kaczyński’s view, his party has a good chance of winning the election for a third time in a row.

“For some reason, a part of the society believes that it is not possible to hold power in Poland for more than two terms,” said Kaczyński, explaining that there are many examples of European parties ruling for multiple terms.

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