Poland's PiS leads liberal PO in fresh survey

Poland's governing Law and Justice (PiS) party raced ahead of archrival the liberal Civic Platform (PO) in an opinion poll published Tuesday, ahead of a Friday vote in parliament which could trigger a general election in late October.

Poland's PiS leads liberal PO in fresh survey
Poland's governing Law and Justice (PiS) party raced ahead of archrival the liberal Civic Platform (PO) in an opinion poll published Tuesday, ahead of a Friday vote in parliament which could trigger a general election in late October.

Headed by Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the PiS scored 30 per cent support compared to 26 per cent for the PO in a September 1-2 survey by the PBS DGA pollsters that was published by Poland's liberal Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

The PO lead all previous polls with an advantage of at least 5 per cent over nearest rival the PiS.

The left-wing LiD ranked third in Tuesday's poll scoring 13 per cent while the populist coalition Liga and Samoobrona (LiS) took 6 per cent, thus surpassing the 5 per cent threshold required to enter parliament. The conservative Polish Peasants' Party (PSL) also took 5 per cent of the vote.

Based on these percentages, the distribution of seats in Poland's 460-seat parliament would equal: PiS 174, PO 149, LiD 75, LiS 36, PSL 24 and German minority 2.

Analysts note that this distribution rules out a stable independent majority government.

Taking into consideration ongoing mud-slinging among political rivals, a stable minority government is also highly unlikely, giving rise to the strong probability that chronic instability will continue to plague Polish politics in the wake of a possible general election.

DPA
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