Half of Poles consider EU institutions ‘too weak’ over rule of law conflict

EU institutions react too late and too weak in response to the EU law violations by governments”, according to 48% of Poles. [Shutterstock / Dmitry Rukhlenko]

“EU institutions react too late and too weak in response to the EU law violations by governments”, according to 48% of Poles, a new poll of the Institute of Public Affairs (ISP) has found. Only 22% of those surveyed disagreed with the statement.

“So far, the actions of EU institutions have not had a clear impact on the Warsaw government,” Jacek Kucharczyk, the president of ISP and the author of the poll analysis, said.

Interestingly, the belief that the EU’s reaction has been inadequate and weak is shared not only by the disheartened majority of opposition voters but by half the supporters of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS).

According to the same poll, most Poles support the controversial new principle of “money for the rule of law” (61% to 25%), although the idea is opposed by 70% of PiS voters.

EU institutions are more trusted by Poles than the national institutions. Trust in the CJEU (49%), the European Commission (46%) and the European Parliament (45%) is higher than in the national Constitutional Tribunal (21%), the government (19%) and the national parliament (the Sejm) (16%). However, the numbers are lower among PiS supporters.

55% of Poles believe that the risk of Polexit is real. Half of Poles believe that the Warsaw-Brussels crisis is primarily the responsibility of the Warsaw government, and only 19% blame the EU institutions.

Jacek Kucharczyk concluded, “it can be said that the voters of pro-government parties are less convinced of the guilt of Brussels than the voters of the opposition.”

Some 82% of Poles continue to support EU membership, and 60% are afraid of a potential negative impact of Polexit on the economy, deterioration of the quality of life, security and the state of democracy in Poland.

In a hypothetical referendum on EU membership, 79% would vote to stay in the EU, 13% to leave. Support for Polexit among PiS supporters is 21%.

(Piotr Maciej Kaczyński | EURACTIV.pl)

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