Independent leader Holownia most trusted politician, poll shows

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An independent conservative politician and former television presenter who came third in the last presidential election, was Poland's most trusted politician in the second half of October, a CBOS poll shows.

Half of the respondents to the poll expressed trust in Szymon Holownia, with only 20 percent saying they distrusted him, while 19 percent expressed indifference.

President Andrzej Duda, who won a second term of office against Holownia and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in July, was trusted by 46 percent of respondents, but a similar percentage, 41 percent, said they had no confidence in the head of state. Ten percent were indifferent.

The figures were exactly reversed in the case of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, with 41 percent expressing confidence in the head of government and 45 percent voicing distrust. Also 10 percent were indifferent.

Next came Trzaskowski, who was trusted by 38 percent and distrusted by 41 percent, and Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, leader of pro-agrarian Polish People's Party, with respective figures of 36 and 24 percent.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling conservative party Law and Justice (PiS) tops the distrust ranking with 61 percent while only 27 percent said they have confidence in him. Only 8 percent remained indifferent.

CBOS ran the survey in a mixed-mode format on a representative sample of 1,040 adult Poles on October 19-29.