Polish youth votes for conservatives
PR dla Zagranicy
Two-thirds of high-school and university students taking part in Sunday’s parliamentary ballot voted for right-wing parties, Law and Justice, Kukiz’15 and KORWiN.
The lower house of Polish parliament. Photo: Lukas Plewnia
Over 23 percent of Poles aged between 18 and 26 voted for Law and Justice, the largest opposition party under the now outgoing Civic Platform-led government, according to the IPSOS late poll carried out for broadcasters TVN24, TVP and Polsat.
Some 21 percent rooted for Kukiz’15, a grouping led by rock singer Paweł Kukiz, the dark horse of the May presidential vote.
Just as many young people opted for the KORWiN party, headed by controversial maverick MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who has recently had his immunity revoked and is now facing charges over slapping his fellow Polish MEP Michał Boni in the face.
According to exit poll results, the latter contender has not, howeve, made it to Parliament, falling below the five-percent threshold in the overall count.
The liberal Civic Platform, in power for the past eight years, has garnered no more than 13 percent of votes among the youngest electorate. The grouping’s junior coalition partner, the agrarian Polish People's Party, gained the support of 3.2 percent.
Newcomer on the political scene, the centrist Modern party (Nowoczesna.pl) headed by economist Ryszard Petru was backed by 6.8 percent.
Meanwhile, groupings on the left side of the political spectrum won 9.2-percent backing in total, with the Razem party garnering 3.8 percent, and the United Left coalition, running for mandates under the Democratic Left Alliance and Your Movement, winning 3.8 percent. None will be represented in parliament. (aba/rg)