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Poles Happy to Be in EU
May 27, 2011   
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Eighty-three percent of Poles say joining the EU has proved beneficial for Poland, according to a survey by the CBOS polling center carried out seven years after the country entered the bloc. Only 11 percent of Poles disagree.

The highest support for European integration was found among people with a university-level education (90 percent), people with a monthly income above zl.1,500 (89 percent), mid-level staff and technicians (93 percent), skilled laborers (92 percent), white-collar workers (91 percent), and students (89 percent).

As far as political preferences are concerned, almost all (97 percent) supporters of the ruling Civic Platform (PO) party are in favor of Poland’s presence in the EU . The figure is 85 percent among those who declare themselves as supporters of the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD). European integration has the fewest (78 percent) supporters among the electorate of the largest opposition party, Law and Justice (PiS). At the same time, 17 percent of PiS supporters are against European integration.

According to 63 percent of respondents, Poland has gained more as an EU member state than it has lost. And 42 percent believe they have personally benefited.

Seventy percent of people in cities with a population above 20,000 believe the pluses outweigh the minuses, as do 80 percent of self-employed people, 54 percent of residents of rural areas, 52 percent of retirees and 45 percent of people aged over 65. Personal gains from being EU citizens are the most frequently reported by respondents with a university-level education (60 percent), people aged 25-34 (58 percent), respondents who are satisfied with their financial status (54 percent) and earn more than zl.1,500 a month (53 percent). The same is also largely true of white-collar workers (65 percent), self-employed people (58 percent), farmers (56 percent), and skilled laborers (53 percent).

Only 26 percent of people in rural areas, 20 percent of people aged over 65, 22 percent of retirees and 15 percent of farmers believe Poland benefits on the whole from European integration.

The poll was conducted April 7-13 on a representative, random sample of 1,192 Polish citizens.
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