PO catching up with PiS: poll
December 18, 2013
PM Donald Tusk
Prime Minister Donald Tusk's governing Civic Platform (PO) party has narrowed the gap separating it from the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) in the polls, according to a survey released Tuesday.
PiS is supported by 29% of voters and PO by 26%, according to the poll by the TNS Polska agency for public television broadcaster TVP.
The poll is one of the first after Tusk recently carried out a major reshuffle of his Cabinet, a move designed to breathe new life into the government after six years in power, and comes after the PO's internal elections at the weekend.
The Polish People's Party (PSL), PO's junior partner in the coalition government, is backed by 4% of voters, just under the minimum of 5% needed to make it into parliament, the poll found.
The opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) is backed by 10%. Two other parties would have enough support to make it into the lower house: Twoj Ruch and the new Polska Razem party set up by former PO Justice Minister Jarosław Gowin.
Meanwhile, 14% of voters said they did not know which party they would back in a parliamentary election.
Gowin Tuesday suggested that his new party, which is liberal on the economy and conservative on social issues, was ready to receive disaffected members of the Civic Platform.
"I'm ready to hold talks with all PO members who remain liberal on economic issues and this offer is also directed at Gregorz Schetyna," Gowin told reporters.
Schetyna, until recently no. 2 in the Civic Platform and considered a powerful rival inside the party to Tusk, on Saturday failed in a bid to be elected to the PO's influential National Council. Analysts said the result was a major success for Tusk in his efforts to sideline Schetyna.