Seventy-one pct of Poles favour enhanced animal protection law - poll

Seventy-one pct of Poles favour enhanced animal protection law - poll Bartłomiej Zborowski/PAP

Seventy-one percent of respondents to a United Surveys poll for the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily and RMF FM radio station favour the strengthening of animal protection laws.

The amendments were supported by 61 percent of rural residents and 70 percent of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's voters.

"The United Surveys poll for DGP and RMF FM shows that supporters of strengthening the law on animal protection predominate also in rural areas," DGP wrote of the study. "Although it is worth noting that support for the law there is noticeably lower than in the case of the respondents in general - 61 percent are in favour of the solution in rural areas against 71 percent over all."

According to the paper, over 70 percent of PiS supporters are in favour of the new rules with those against most prevalent among Polish People's Party (PSL) and the far-right Confederation (Konfederacja) voters.

The survey also asked about attitudes towards new COVID-19 laws and the impunity of officials, which state that those breaching the obligations of their office or other laws due to measures introduced to counter the spread of coronavirus have not committed a crime if they acted in the interests of society or if the breach was unavoidable.

Some 61 percent of pollees were critical of the legislation while 27 percent supported it. However, in the case of PiS supporters, the results differed with supporters in the majority (47 percent) while those critical accounted for only 35 percent, DGP reported.