Limited public interest in Towergate tapes

According to an opinion poll, the taped conversations between an Austrian developer and the ruling party leader Jarosław Kaczyński are of modest interest to the general public.

The tapes saw the light of day when published by liberal daily “Gazeta Wyborcza” two weeks ago. They revealed that Mr Kaczyński had been in discussions with an Austrian developer over a major real estate project that was being considered by a company owned by a foundation Mr Kaczyński chairs. The tapes’ publication led to accusations of Mr Kaczyński mixing business with politics and of him having been dishonest towards the developer over invoices for preparatory work on the project.

No one expects ruling party leader’s resignation

According to research by the IBRiS agency published in the “Rzeczpospolita” daily 75 percent of voters are convinced that the tapes will not force the ruling party leader out of Polish politics. Only ten percent believe he might retire from -politics as a result of the revelations.

An interview given by Mr Kaczyński to “Sieci” magazine confirms their judgement. The ruling party leader says that “there is nothing illegal, no corruption” in the recordings.

Modest interest aroused

According to the survey 38 percent expressed a keen interest in the tapes and 36 percent expressed modest interest with 26 percent declaring faint or no interest at all.

It was noticeable how there was a high degree of interest in the tapes among liberal opposition voters rather than ruling party voters. Nearly 70 percent of Civic Platform voters reported great interest in the tapes whereas the figure for the ruling party was below 20 percent.

In terms of demographics it was the well educated and those in full-time employment who were most interested, whereas 60 percent of those unemployed or engaged in contracted work expressed no interest in the tapes.

Not all good news for the ruling party

However, the ruling party cannot sleep too easily. Those who are not particularly interested in the tapes tend to be the older and poorer voters who don’t tend to turn out in elections. The problem could be that those who are interested are from groups which have a higher propensity to vote, such as the well off and the better educated.