President, PM, opposition presidential runner top trust ranking - poll

Duda is trusted by 50 percent of respondents, 8.7 percentage points up from a previous poll run in June. Artur Reszko/PAP

President Andrzej Duda is Poland's most trusted politician, followed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Duda's contender in the presidential run-off, Rafał Trzaskowski, according to a recent survey by IBRIS pollster for Onet news portal, published on Tuesday.

Duda is trusted by 50 percent of respondents, 8.7 percentage points up from a previous poll run in June.

The incumbent president tops the ranking for the first time since March and his results are the best for many months, Onet wrote. Duda only did better in November 2017 when he scored a record-high 51.1 percent.

In second place comes Morawiecki who enjoys 47.1-percent public trust in the July survey, 0.3 ppt more than in the previous poll. This is his best result ever in the IBRiS trust rankings for Onet, conducted every month since November 2015.

Third in the line-up, Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw and Duda's rival in the second round of the presidential vote on July 12, is trusted by 43.6 percent, up 6.4 ppt. The Civic Coalition (KO) representative appeared in the ranking only a month ago and has already recorded the best result in a year and a half for any opposition politician included in the IBRIS polls, Onet said. Such high ratings were given only to Donald Tusk (head of the EP's European People's Party (EPP) faction and a former Polish PM - PAP) at the end of 2018, the portal added.

Next in the ranking came political newcomer Szymon Hołownia, who came third in the first round of Poland's presidential vote. He is trusted by 43 percent of respondents, 9.2 percentage points up from the June poll.

Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski came in fifth, with a 38.8-percent reading and has been losing in the rankings since April, when he enjoyed 51.1 percent trust.

IBRIS conducted the poll on July 4 on a representative sample of 1,100 adult residents of Poland, using the computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) method.