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Support for the EU reaches historic high in Poland

Warsaw, Poland – As Poland prepares to take part in the European elections in May on the 15th anniversary of its accession to the bloc, pro-EU sentiment among the population has reached an all-time high.

Support for EU membership among the Polish population has reached an unprecedented level since 2004: according to a CBOS poll (in Polish), 91% of respondents support Poland’s EU membership, compared to only 5% who oppose it and 4% who remain undecided on the issue.

Regardless of the social-demographic groups, support for the EU never falls below 80%, according to the survey. The same thing goes for political preferences: while supporters of the opposition Civic Platform are the most pro-Europeans (98%), supporters of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) are also largely in favour of Poland’s EU membership (90%).

Economic development, EU funds and the freedom of movement are cited as the main benefits of the EU by Polish respondents, with 85% of Poles stating that the European Union had a positive impact on the Polish economy.

For the first time since CBOS started to conduct this poll, a majority of Poles (56%) identifies as both Polish and European (20 percentage points higher than six years ago). Simultaneously, just a minority of the population identify as only Polish (44%), a strong decrease compared to previous years (60% in 2013).

The results of this survey confirm the findings of a recent Pew Research Centre study, that identified Poland as one of the most pro-European nations throughout the bloc, in stark contrast with some of its notoriously Eurosceptic Central European neighbours.

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