Majority of Poles against holding presidential election on May 10

The poll was carried out on March 27-28 on a representative group of 1,100 adult Poles. Leszek Szymański/PAP

A vast majority of Poles oppose holding presidential elections as scheduled on May 10 and want to put them off until next year due to the coronavirus epidemic, a poll conducted by researcher IBRiS for the daily Rzeczpospolita shows.

Nearly 72.4 percent of respondents declaring themselves supporters of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and thus its candidate, incumbent President Andrzej Duda, want the elections to be held in 2021.

Eighty-eight percent of Poles supporting the president's main contender, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, a representative of the main opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), were in favour of postponing the presidential elections.

The idea of extending Duda's term of office and postponing elections was assessed as 'definitely good' by 43.1 percent of respondents, whereas the opinion 'rather good' was voiced by 34.3 percent of Poles.

Only 13.8 percent of those polled were out of line with this idea. Some 8.7 percent of respondents did not have an opinion on the matter, the poll said.

On Saturday evening, President Andrzej Duda said that if the coronavirus epidemic continues to rage and current restrictions are continued, then it may prove impossible to hold the presidential election on May 10.

The poll was carried out on March 27-28 on a representative group of 1,100 adult Poles.