Opposition PiS 11pct ahead of ruling PO in voter support poll
July 29, 2014
PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński and PiS caucus head Mariusz Błaszczak
Poland's main opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) gained 5 pps support to 36% in late July, with ruling party Civic Platform (PO) flat at 25%, a poll conducted by Homo Homini pollster showed.
The survey comes after the June release of taped recordings of several high-ranking officials, including Internal Affairs Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz apparently sounding out central bank president Marek Belka about chances for the NBP to support the state budget ahead.
Junior coalition partner Polish People’s Party (PSL) saw its support slip to 4%, below the 5% threshold required for parliamentary representation.
Left-wing party Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) suffered a 2 pps decline to 9%.
Far right-wing party Nowa Prawica JKM, led by political scene veteran Janusz Korwin-Mikke, shed part of the earlier strong gains with support down by 2 pps to 6%.
Support for leftist-liberal party Twoj Ruch (Your Movement), formerly Palikot Movement, decreased slightly to 2%, well below the 5% threshold required to enter the parliament.
If unification scenarios on the right and on the left materialized, PiS with its allies Poland Together and Solidary Poland could count on 40% support, while an alliance of the leftist groupings SLD and Your Movement could count on 13%, while PO would get 24%, The New Right 6% and PSL 3%, Homo Homini said.
The poll was conducted via phone on July 25-26 on a sample of 1,100 Poles.