Kopacz maintains lead over Szydło in leadership poll
PR dla Zagranicy
Fifty percent of pollsters favour incumbent Ewa Kopacz as Poland's prime minister material over rival Beata Szydło, the latest survey by Millward Brown shows.
Beata Szydło (L) and PM Ewa Kopacz (R) are set to meet on 18 October. Photo: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński/Radek Pietruszka
The prime minister, from the ruling Civic Platform (PO), has gained eight percentage points since the previous poll, carried out on 1 October.
Commissioned by broadcasters TVN and TVN24, the study finds that 30 percent of those questioned pointed to Szydło of the opposition Law and Justice party (PIS) as the more competent candidate for the role, ahead of the upcoming general elections on 25 October. Support for the PIS contender has dropped by seven percentage points since last week.
20 percent had no opinion as to who is better equipped to lead the government. The study was carried out on a sample of 1,002 adults on 7, 8 October.
Meanwhile, opposition Law and Justice maintains its lead in the polls, with 36-percent backing according to another survey, run by Ipsos for state broadcaster TVP.
Three weeks ahead of the ballot, Civic Platform trails behind, with 25 percent. Both groupings have noted a percentage point drop of up to 2 percent since last month.
If the ballot was held this weekend, four other groupings would make it to Parliament: United Left, with eight percent (up by 3-percentage points since last month), Kukiz'15, with support stable at seven percent, junior coalition member Polish Peoples' Party enjoying steady backing of six percent. The final player on the political arena to reach the five-percent threshold needed for parties to gain mandates is Nowoczesna.pl (Modern.pl) led by Ryszard Petru.
The survey, taking in 1,006 adult Poles, was conducted on 7-8 October. (aba/rk)
Source: TVN24, Gazeta Wyborcza