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More Evidence on Polish Attitudes Towards Russia

- October 20, 2010

Following my post last week on “Polish attitudes towards Russia”:https://themonkeycage.org/2010/10/polish_attitudes_towards_russi.html in the aftermath of the Smolensk tragedy, I received the following email from Richard Wilke, the Associate Director of the “Pew Global Attitudes Project”:www.pewglobal.org. He writes:

bq. I saw your post on the Monkey Cage about Polish views toward Russia and I thought I would send you a quick note about what we found in our “spring 2010 survey”:http://pewglobal.org/files/pdf/Pew-Global-Attitudes-Spring-2010-Report.pdf, since I think it is consistent with your analysis.

bq. In Poland, we started fieldwork on April 9 (conducting 10 interviews that day), suspended fieldwork from April 10-13 due to the crash, resumed on the 14th, and finished on May 8.

bq. The percentage of Poles with a favorable view of Russia increased from 33% in our spring 2009 poll to 45% in the 2010 survey. Also, the percentage expressing confidence in Medvedev rose from 17% in 2009 to 36% in 2010. If you are interested, you can find the topline results for these questions on “pages 104 and 129 of the report”:http://pewglobal.org/files/pdf/Pew-Global-Attitudes-Spring-2010-Report.pdf.

bq. Of course, it’s only two measures, but I thought they might be of interest.

These data are from a similar time period as the data from the Polish “public opinion firm CBOS”:http://www.cbos.pl/ that I reported on previously, so they do not extend our time series out any further towards the present. That being said, they do provide some additional evidence in support of some of the observations I made in “the previous post”:https://themonkeycage.org/2010/10/polish_attitudes_towards_russi.html.