Most Poles want president to be independent from gov't

Some 48 percent of Poles say they would like their head of state to represent a different political party than the government and only every third respondent says the president and government should come from the same camp, a poll by United Survey shows.

In the poll carried out for the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily and the private radio RMF FM, the difference of opinions was roughly in line with voting preferences in this coming Sunday's election.

In the runoff vote on July 12, incumbent President Andrzej Duda, who is supported by the ruling party Law and Justice, will face off against Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who represents the main opposition group, the centrist Civic Coalition.

Sixty-four percent of Duda's electorate believe the president should represent the same political option as the government, while only 18 percent are against it. The proportions are reversed in the case of Trzaskowski's supporters, as 84 percent of his electorate back the division of power model and only 8 percent prefer the opposite.