Close to 50 percent of Poles disapprove of Catholic Church's work

Mateusz Marek/PAP

Almost 50 percent of Poles have a dim view of the activities of the Catholic Church, according to a new opinion poll.

The CBOS poll found 46 percent of all respondents had a negative opinion about the Church, despite its revered position in Polish society, up 4 percentage points from January 2020.

At the same time the number of those who believe the Church is doing a good job, fell by 3 percentage points to 43 percent.

The perception of the Church has also worsened compared to a survey conducted six months ago. In September last year the activity of the Church was positively assessed by 49 percent of respondents, and negatively by 41 percent.

Those who positively asses the Church take part in religious practices at least once a week, and support the governing Law and Justice party. They also declare they have right-wing views, have a primary or a basic vocational education, are aged over 54 years old and often live in the countryside.

Disapproval of the Church is most often expressed by voters of the Left, Poland's main opposition party Civic Coalition (PO) and Poland 2050 movement led by centrist Szymon Holownia.

CBOS carried out the poll on March 1-11 on a representative sample of 1,154 adult Poles, through the use of Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI), the Computer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI) method and Computer-Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI).