Election campaign: Voters slow to recognize opposition’s new PM designate

49 percent in a survey for the portal WP.pl did not recognize Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska. She is the main opposition Civic Coalition’s (KO) candidate for PM.

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Ms Kidawa-Błońska also trails PM Mateusz Morawiecki as the person voters want to be PM after the election on 13 October. 33 percent want Mr Morawiecki to continue as PM whereas only 23 percent would like to see Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska in that position.

Opposition still trails in the polls

Opinion polls on party preferences remain unfavourable to the opposition. Two opinion polls released on Thursday show the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) 13-17 points ahead of the KO and heading for another comfortable parliamentary majority.

The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) is in third place with 11-13 percent, and both the Polish People’s Party (PSL) and the radical right Confederation are estimated to have 4-6 percent, therefore neither is certain of crossing the five percent threshold required for obtaining representation in Parliament.

Mobilizing turnout

All parties are anxious to boost turnout hoping that undecided voters might turn the tide in their favour. As in past elections, celebrities and civil society organizations are encouraging people to vote.

However, one spot encouraging people to vote has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. In it, a well known Polish actor wojciech Pszoniak is delivering a performance which has been interpreted by some as parodying a mentally disabled person. Even though the hashtag of the campaign he was fronting was “don’t be mad, go and vote” his rather literal take on the matter has upset those in Poland campaigning for better treatment of people suffering from mental illness.

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