The majority of respondents do not want Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to step down from his position, according to a poll conducted by United Surveys for the Wirtualna Polska portal.
The prime minister is reportedly under pressure from some within his parliamentary party to resign over his government’s negotiations with the European Commission over releasing Covid-19 recovery funds.
Polish portal Onet.pl recently published a written account of a closed meeting attended by Law and Justice (PiS) politicians who aimed to bring about PM Morawiecki’s dismissal.
Earlier this month, Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński was asked by the Polska The Times daily if the “group of conspirators” who made it their primary goal to remove Morawiecki from power exists.
“The situation is that if this group had such an objective, it would need to have one more dismissal as their goal. That means me,” Kaczyński said. “This is because, at least until this moment, the prime minister cannot be dismissed without my permission. In short – there is no such permission. It is speculation,” stated the head of the ruling party.
After media reports of the plan by a group of conspirators inside Law and Justice, followed by Jarosław Kaczyński’s response, Wirtualna Polska decided to ask Poles if Morawiecki should step down from his position.
The study conducted by United Surveys asked respondents the following question: “In your opinion, should Mateusz Morawiecki be dismissed from the post of prime minister before the end of his term, that is before next year’s elections?”
Most respondents, 44.2 percent responded that he should not be dismissed — 27.5 percent of which chose the answer “decisively not” and 16.7 percent, “rather not.”
On the opposite side, 41.3 percent of respondents were in favor of Morawiecki’s dismissal — 28.9 chose the answer ”decisively yes” and 12.4 percent said ”rather yes.”
Another 14.5 percent of respondents did not have an opinion.
This data broken down by political party supported by the respondent, provided some interesting insights. More than one in five of the opposition’s Civic Coalition voters, 21 percent, do not want Mateusz Morawiecki to relinquish his role as prime minister. The same opinion was expressed by 14 percent of people who voted for The Left and 47 percent of voters who supported PSL (Polish Peasant Party) and Kukiz’15 in the last elections.