Presidential Poll: Duda just ahead of Tusk

Polish President Andrzej Duda (L) and former Polish PM Donald Tusk (R). Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara, EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

An opinion poll published on Thursday shows President Andrzej Duda narrowly defeating a potential electoral challenge from the current President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

According to a poll conducted by the IBRiS agency and published in the daily “Rzeczpospolita” President Duda polls 37 percent support just one point ahead of Donald Tusk on 36 percent. The only other potential candidate with significant support is the LGBT activist and former mayor of Słupsk Robert Biedroń who attracted the support of 10 percent of respondents in the survey.

In the run-off between the top two candidates Andrzej Duda had 46 percent support and Mr Tusk 44 points. The survey also reported that should a second round be between Mr Duda and Mr Biedroń the sitting President would win more comfortably, by 49 to 41 percentage points.

Mr Duda was the victorious Law and Justice (PiS) candidate in the 2015. The party has declared that it will likely support him again in the Presidential elections due in May 2020.

Donald Tusk was Polish Prime Minister for seven years between 2007 and 2014 and led the Civic Platform between 2002 and 2014. He became President of the European Council in 2014.

Mr Tusk has been hinting that he is seriously considering standing for President in 2020, Leaders of the Civic Coalition (KO), the main opposition to the ruling PiS have made it crystal clear that they want Mr Tusk to run and will support him to the hilt if he chooses to do so.