Centre vs Periphery a key division in Poland: expert

The key division in Poland’s current electorate lies between centre and periphery, says political scientist dr Katarzyna Grzybowska-Walecka from the Stefan Wyszyński Catholic University, Warsaw in an interview with Poland IN.

According to the political scientist Poland is following a normal pattern of developed societies with electorates becoming more divided along centre-periphery or rural vs urban lines. It is now becoming more important than old regional differences inherited from the years of Poland's partition.

Young voters tend to vote for anti-establishment parties, however, they remain the most fickle electorate, most liable to change votes next time around. Women voters are more inclined to support liberal and left wing parties than men.

The old divisions between Solidarity and the post-communists ended around 2005 and the left vs right balance in Poland is not well established. The ruling party is conservative but the main opposition is not a party of the left.

Finally, according to our guest the high turnout in the elections (62 percent) was a result of mobilisation, polarisation and the professionalism of party campaigns.

See the full interview here