Most Poles voted in the elections for a change of government, but in many cases, they want the continuation of investments planned or started by the conservatives, new polling has shown.
A survey conducted by the United Surveys agency for commercial radio broadcaster RMF FM found that despite voting to give three opposition blocks a majority in parliament, Poles want to see the investments and institutions that the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party built or initiated preserved.
Over three-quarters of all Poles want to see the new government maintain high defense spending, and a majority want to see the Central Communication Port transport hub built. Meanwhile, 3 in 5 respondents are opposed to the liquidation of both the National Institute of Remembrance (IPN) and the state anti-corruption agency, CBA.
The Central Communication Port (CPK), the construction of which is about to begin, is supported by 51 percent of those surveyed with 40 percent opposed. Unsurprisingly, 92 percent of the governing PiS voters support the investment, but it has also attracted the support of 26 percent of all opposition voters.
The CPK project is likely to be reviewed and may be scrapped by a center-to-left coalition government led by Donald Tusk. The parties that make up the new coalition have argued that the project is too grandiose and is not affordable.
Meanwhile, 76 percent of those surveyed want the new government to continue planned levels of defense spending, with only 18 percent wanting any change to the policy — 95 percent of PiS voters back this stance as well as 63 percent of opposition-leaning voters.
Only 27 percent of those asked wanted to see the liquidation of the state anti-corruption agency (CBA), whereas 61 percent wanted to see it preserved.
Similarly, voters want to see the National Institute of Remembrance (IPN) stay (65 percent), with only 23 percent wanting to see it being abolished.
Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform (PO) and the Left party went into the election arguing for the liquidation of both IPN and CBA.
There is also a high degree of consensus concerning the construction of nuclear power stations in Poland, with 85 percent backing it and only 9 percent opposed.
The only investment project that seems to have been rejected by voters is the development of Polish electric cars. This was rejected by 63 percent of respondents to the survey.