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Support for Andrzej Duda grows

According to a poll released on Wednesday by the conservative wpolityce.pl news site, support for Poland's incumbent president has increased by 2 percentage points since the previous survey. Duda has a reassuring lead ahead of Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, the candidate of the opposition's most popular party, the Civic Coalition. The first round of the presidential race will take place on 28 June.

41 per cent of respondents would cast their ballot for President Andrzej Duda, according to a fresh poll conducted between 19-23 June and published by the conservative wpolityce.pl news portal. This means the incumbent president - whose support has grown by 2 percentage points since last week - could win the first round of this weekend's presidential race.

In second place is Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, the candidate of the major opposition Civil Coalition party. 29 per cent of those surveyed would vote for him, a 1 per cent increase over the previous survey.

There are 11 candidates vying for the presidency. Among them is Szymon Holownia, a liberal Catholic journalist running as an independent candidate, who would gain 11 per cent of the votes. 7 per cent of the respondents would elect Krzysztof Bosak, the Confederation party's candidate, whereas 4 per cent would vote for both Polish Peasant Party President Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz and leftist MEP Robert Biedron, a gay rights activist.

The Polish head of state is directly elected by the people. If none of the candidates obtains more than 50 per cent of the votes, a second round run-off is held on 12 July with the participation of the two most successful candidates. Due to the coronavirus epidemic people can vote both traditionally and by mail on Sunday. Analysts expect a high turnout of around 80 per cent.

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