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Election and Democracy
Poland
Voter turnout in the national election50.9% (March 2019 or latest)
[32/36countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections5.50 (2014)
[19/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes51.0% (2014)
[24/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign45.3% (2014)
[21/26countries]
% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions67.9% (2014)
[11/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today4.28 (2014)
[25/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago4.16 (2014)
[26/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now4.82 (2014)
[21/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.39 (2014)
[15/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.13 (2014)
[9/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making6.16 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions5.59 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances6.25 (2014)
[10/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights5.52 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections4.67 (2014)
[4/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote4.05 (2014)
[22/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.66 (2014)
[7/26countries]
Politician
Poland
Number of total seats in the Parliament560 (2017)
[8/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population14.76 (2017)
[23/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives460 (2017)
[8/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population12.12 (2017)
[22/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments28.0% (2017)
[20/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)22.7% (2017)
[23/35countries]
% of those who trust politicians11.4% (2014)
[23/26countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest77.1% (2014)
[3/26countries]
Political party and organization
Poland
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics19.0% (2014)
[23/26countries]
% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices45.6% (2014)
[16/26countries]
% of those who belong to a political party1.0% (2014)
[26/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations3.78 (2014)
[19/26countries]
Parliament
Poland
% of those who have confidence in parliament50.5% (2008)
[18/30countries]
% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law18.5% (2014)
[11/26countries]
Political awareness
Poland
% of those interested in politics (4 choices)36.8% (2014)
[21/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is left9.0% (2014)
[23/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is center47.2% (2014)
[13/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is right27.3% (2014)
[3/26countries]
Average of political position5.89 (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers41.7% (2014)
[20/26countries]
% of those who read the political content of a newspaper every day10.3% (2014)
[17/18countries]
% of those who never read the political content of a newspaper23.0% (2014)
[11/18countries]
% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day63.6% (2014)
[21/26countries]
% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information4.9% (2014)
[9/26countries]
% of those who watch political news on television every day39.0% (2014)
[15/18countries]
% of those who never watch political news on television7.0% (2014)
[9/18countries]
% of those who listen to political news on the radio every day23.6% (2014)
[12/18countries]
% of those who never listen to political news on the radio22.2% (2014)
[16/18countries]
% of those who use the Internet to obtain political news or information every day10.0% (2014)
[16/17countries]
% of those who never use the Internet to obtain political news or information56.0% (2014)
[5/17countries]
% of those who have expressed political views on the internet5.2% (2014)
[24/26countries]
% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion28.1% (2014)
[19/26countries]
% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government47.6% (2014)
[2/26countries]
% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think79.8% (2014)
[2/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government5.11 (2014)
[18/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.00 (2014)
[26/26countries]
Political action
Poland
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law19.5% (2014)
[24/26countries]
% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views6.1% (2014)
[23/26countries]
% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity19.4% (2014)
[23/26countries]
% of those who have signed a petition19.3% (2014)
[23/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more3.82 (2014)
[25/26countries]
% of those who have attended a political meeting9.1% (2014)
[25/26countries]
% of those who have attended demonstrations5.0% (2014)
[26/26countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings25.0% (2014)
[6/26countries]
Government
Poland
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 35.6% (2010)
[20/34countries]
Public officials
Poland
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older32.9% (2015)
[4/31countries]
% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people26.4% (2014)
[24/25countries]
% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption14.3% (2014)
[23/26countries]
Public finance
Poland
General government expenditure, % of GDP41.6% (2015)
[20/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP39.0% (2015)
[22/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-2.6% (2015)
[24/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP69.4% (2015)
[20/35countries]
General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-42.0% (2015)
[18/33countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget3.88% (2016)
[10/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget5.30% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget9.88% (2016)
[17/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.02% (2016)
[26/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget1.46% (2016)
[12/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget11.29% (2016)
[27/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget2.58% (2016)
[14/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget12.10% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget41.16% (2016)
[11/32countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP1.60% (2016)
[9/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP2.18% (2016)
[3/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP4.06% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.42% (2016)
[25/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.60% (2016)
[11/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP4.64% (2016)
[28/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP1.06% (2016)
[18/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP4.97% (2016)
[19/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP16.92% (2016)
[13/32countries]
Tax
Poland
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates23.0% (2015)
[7/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)19.00% (2018)
[30/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)47 (2016)
[23/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)17.7% (2010)
[15/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)22.1% (2010)
[18/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)42.3% (2010)
[20/36countries]
% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes67.5% (2009)
[23/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes5.80 (2014)
[24/26countries]
Social security
Poland
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)19.6% (2013)
[21/34countries]
% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people11.0% (2012)
[27/27countries]
% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people47.4% (2012)
[24/27countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)100 (2009)
[1/34countries]
% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 18.0% (2012)
[17/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 45.0% (2012)
[5/27countries]
% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 28.7% (2012)
[9/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave56.6% (2012)
[9/27countries]
% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave11.5% (2012)
[9/27countries]
% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave28.0% (2012)
[24/27countries]
% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age2.4% (2012)
[10/27countries]
% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age59.2% (2012)
[10/27countries]
% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age38.4% (2012)
[18/27countries]
% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age13.9% (2012)
[23/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor18.1% (2009)
[6/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.32 (2014)
[18/26countries]
Law and Justice
Poland
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations6.18 (2014)
[12/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts49.5% (2010)
[20/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)76.4% (2008)
[11/30countries]