Over 70 pct of Poles will donate to charity during Christmas - poll

Almost three out of four respondents (73.2 pct) planned to contribute to charities. Artur Reszko/PAP

More than 70 pct of Poles have declared that they plan to support charity initiatives during the Christmas period, says a report by the Deloitte consulting firm.

The results of the '2019 Christmas Shopping' report showed that cultural initiatives and organisations that help animals can count on the support of Poles. Most often, Poles declared they would make donations of up to PLN 100 (EUR 23.45) to such causes. Almost three out of four respondents (73.2 pct) planned to contribute to charities. A year ago, this figure stood at 71 pct, the report noted.

This year, Poles want to support, above all, the sick (35.2 pct). In this group, over half of those polled will spend between PLN 20 (EUR 4.69) and PLN 49 (EUR 11.49), while 35 pct will spend from PLN 50 (EUR 11.73) to PLN 99 (EUR 23.22).

In turn, almost one-third of Poles (29 pct) will contribute to organizations which fight climate change, as well as to animal aid societies. This was an increase of 5 pct compared to last year. Over 90 pct of the people in this group will donate up to PLN 100 (EUR 23.45) to these types of institutions.

A total of 27.6 of the pollees were planning to support religious initiatives. This sum was almost twice as high as a year ago, when such aid was declared by 14.2 pct of respondents. More than half of these persons (53.4 pct) will allocate between PLN 50 and PLN 99 for this purpose.

Close to 24 pct of Poles (23.7) also intend to support people who are facing difficult financial situations, and cultural initiatives. Support for the latter category increased by over 100 pct since last year.

The online survey was conducted on September 16 - October 11, 2019, on nearly 7,200 respondents in Poland between the ages of 18 and 65. This year's research analysed data from eight European countries: Poland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.