Polish ruling party extends poll lead despite rift with Israel

Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party is backed by 49 percent of voters who say they would take part in parliamentary elections, according to a new survey by Instytut Badań Pollster.
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Support for Law and Justice, which swept to power in late 2015, climbed 6 percentage points from a similar survey a month earlier, public broadcaster TVP Info has reported.

Meanwhile, the opposition Civic Platform (PO) party, which was voted out of power in 2015 parliamentary elections, is in second place, with 15 percent, according to the survey, which was commissioned by the tabloid Super Express and its se.pl online service.

The anti-establishment Kukiz’15 group and the liberal Nowoczesna (Modern) party tied in third place, each with 8 percent.

The rural-based Polish People’s Party (PSL) and the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), which is outside parliament, would also make it into the Sejm, the lower house of the country’s legislature, each on 6 percent, the poll found.

In addition, the leftist Razem (Together) party would clear the 5 percent support threshold needed to win parliamentary seats, the poll found.

The study was conducted on a sample of 1,102 adult respondents from January 29 to 30, after Israeli officials hit out at Poland over new anti-defamation legislation approved by lawmakers in Warsaw, TVP Info noted.

(gs/pk)

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