September 5, 2019 / 11:09 AM / 6 months ago

Poland's ruling party has 43.4% support before Oct vote-poll

FILE PHOTO: Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during an election meeting in Stalowa Wola, Poland, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

(Reuters) - Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party continues to command the highest support of any political grouping ahead of parliamentary elections in October, according to a poll released on Thursday.

A poll by IBRiS conducted from Aug 24-Sept 4 showed the PiS-led coalition with 43.4% support, while its main rival, Civic Coalition, which includes Civic Platform (PO), was at 21.2%, leftist bloc Lewica had 14.1% and PSL/Kukiz’15 had 5.7%.

If those results were confirmed during the election on Oct. 13, PiS would have a majority, with 259 out of 460 seats in Poland’s lower house of parliament.

Reporting by Alan Charlish, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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