Poll: Two-thirds of Poles back building border barrier with Russia’s Kaliningrad

According to an opinion survey, 65 percent of Poles are in favor of building a wall on the border with Russia’s Kaliningrad region

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: wp.pl
via: wp.pl
Polish soldiers begin laying a razor wire barrier along Poland’s border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad in Wisztyniec, Poland, on Wednesday Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Michal Kosc)

A strong majority of Poles back efforts to build a border barrier with Russia’s Kaliningrad, according to a poll carried out by United Surveys for the portal Wp.pl.

The poll shows that 65 percent of Poles back the construction of a wall on the border with Russia’s Kaliningrad region in order to ensure greater border security from hybrid attacks of the sort facilitated by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on the Polish-Belarusian border.

Only 23 percent were opposed to the measure proposed recently by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government, while 12 percent had no view on the matter. 

In early November, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced a decision to build a temporary barrier on the border with Russia. The barrier is to be 2.5 meters (8 feet) high and 3 meters wide. The decision to build the barrier was triggered by news that Kaliningrad Airport is now open to flights from the Middle East and North Africa. 

According to the poll, virtually all supporters of the ruling conservative PiS supported the measure. However, it also attracted support from 48 percent of opposition voters, while 35 percent of this segment were against the barrier. 

The construction of the barrier has already begun. Apart from fencing, there will also be electronic surveillance installed to help protect the border.

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