ESix months after winning the parliamentary election, the center-left coalition governing Poland has been able to defend its share of the vote across the country. According to forecasts by the Ipsos Institute, Prime Minister Donald Tusk's party, the liberal Civic Platform (PO), was even able to gain around two percentage points compared to the election in October and received 31.9 percent of the vote. However, the national conservative opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) once again became the strongest party with 33.7 percent, despite losses of around two percentage points. The forecasts refer to the simultaneous elections to the 16 parliaments of the voivodships (districts), which most closely allow a comparison with the vote shares in parliamentary elections.

Gerhard Gnauck

Political correspondent for Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based in Warsaw.

Stefan Locke

Correspondent for Saxony and Thuringia based in Dresden.

The centrist “Third Way” with which Tusk governs Warsaw has 13.5 percent. The alliance, led by Parliament Speaker Szymon Hołownia, performed slightly worse than in the parliamentary election last October (14.4 percent), although it is trying to be attractive to both urban and rural voters with its green and Christian-conservative orientation. The smallest coalition party, the Left, also lost, slipping to 6.8 percent.