'Tusk effect' subsides, approval ratings drop

The approval ratings of Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and European Council president, have dropped recently whereas Poles' evaluations of the president and prime minister have improved, a recent poll shows.

"Approval ratings of the president and prime minister have been improving. Public trust in Andrzej Duda and Mateusz Morawiecki has reached one of the best levels this month," according to the IBRiS survey commissioned by the Onet website.

"In all, 44.7 percent declared they trusted the president while 44.7 percent said they distrusted the head of state. Mateusz Morawiecki was trusted by 42.5 percent and distrusted by 45.6 percent," reported the survey.

According to Onet, Tusk won the confidence of Poles after he returned to the Polish political scene but this did not last long and his approval ratings have dropped considerably.

The poll showed that "Donald Tusk, who is once again back at the helm of his centrist Civic Platform (PO) opposition party, has the confidence of 30.5 percent and is distrusted by 54.9 percent of the respondents."

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS), has a confidence rating of 28.3 percent and is distrusted by 57.7 percent.

IBRiS conducted the survey on a sample of 1,100 adult Poles on September 17-18.