Most Poles criticise church's public role

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The majority of Poles has a dim view of the role the Catholic Church plays in public life, according to a new survey.

The United Surveys’ poll, published in the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna newspaper, found that 65 percent negatively assess the Church’s performance in the public sphere.

This percentage rises to 64 percent for irregular practitioners and to 76 percent for non-practitioners, the daily wrote.

The survey also asked about respondents' opinions on the latest series of demonstrations following a near-total ban on abortion which have resulted in the disruption of some church services.

As many as 67 percent of respondents said they support the recent protests while 28 percent said they oppose them.

The poll was conducted on October 31 using telephone interviews on a sample of 1,000 adult residents of Poland.