Majority of Poles want to help others - survey

CBOS reported that the percentage of people leaning towards altruism was not only higher than two years ago when the issue was last examined, but also at the highest point since the question had been asked, that is, since 2002. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Close to three out of four Poles (73 percent) said that they were willing to help others in need, reported a recent CBOS poll.

As part of the study, CBOS asked Poles about their concern for the well-being of others and whether they had taken part in activities to assist other people.

According to the poll, 73 percent of the respondents said that people needed to be sensitive and willing to help others, while 20 percent stated that people should focus on their own needs, not on those of others. Seven percent of the pollees did not have an opinion on the matter.

CBOS also reported that the percentage of people leaning towards altruism was not only higher than two years ago when the issue was last examined, but also at the highest point since the question had been asked, that is, since 2002. At the same time it added that, in the history of their research, the lowest number of people polled had exhibited an egoistic attitude.

The study indicated that selfish attitudes were more often declared by respondents under 35 years of age than older respondents, as well as by those who were relatively often in poor financial situations and those least educated.

CBOS conducted the poll using the computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) method on February 6-16 on a representative sample of 958 adults residents of Poland.