Support for incumbent president falls as campaign gathers pace - poll

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Support for Poland's incumbent head of state, Andrzej Duda, slid by 6 percentage points (pps) from the previous month to 40 percent, shows the latest poll run by the Social Changes pollster for the right-wing political website.

The survey assumed that the presidential election would take place on Sunday, February 23.

Duda is supported by the ruling camp, the United Right, led by the Law and Justice (PiS) party.

The incumbent president's main contender, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, can count on 25 percent of the vote, up 1 pp from the previous poll. Kidawa-Blonska has been put forward by the main opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), and is supported by the broader Civic Coalition (KO).

Szymon Holownia, an independent conservative candidate, would garner 12 percent of the vote, up 3 pps. Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, who represents the agrarian Polish People's Party (PSL) and its broader Polish Coalition, would get 9-percent backing, up 2 pps.

The Left candidate, Robert Biedron, retained his support level, 9 percent, and so did the far-right Confederation candidate, Krzysztof Bosak, with 5 percent.

Poland will hold the presidential election on Sunday, May 10, and if no candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote, a second round will be held two weeks later.

Social Changes ran the poll on February 14-18 on a representative sample of 1,053 Poles. The previous poll was taken on February 7-11.