A popular president
Monday, 14 October 2013 17:50

POPULAR politicians are something of a rare species in Poland. A passionate—or even spiteful—political environment often means that a politician may be liked and respected by one group but loathed and despised by another. It is hard for anyone to be viewed kindly by both camps.

One of the few who have managed to achieve this is Bronislaw Komorowski (pictured), the president. An opinion poll by TNS Polska last month revealed that 51% of respondents thought positively of Mr Komorowski and his work, whereas a CBOS poll taken in the summer said 70% trust the president. Not bad when compared to Donald Tusk, the prime minister, who garnered just 24% in the TNS poll.

Much of Mr Komorowski's popularity rests on his soothing approach to the presidency and the country he adopted when he came into office in 2010. This was needed owing to the calamitous effects of the Smolensk disaster, which inflamed the political divide between Mr Tusk’s Civic Platform government and the main opposition party led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the brother of Lech Kaczynski, the Polish president who died in the crash.

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