Law & Justice support rises 4pp from Dec. to highest since at least Sept., PAP newswire reports, citing Jan. poll by Warsaw-based researcher TNS OBOP. * Support for Poland’s ruling Civic Platform party falls 1pp m/m to 22%: PAP * Democratic Left Alliance ranked 3rd with 10% backing, up from 9% in Dec.: PAP * No other party gets >5%, threshold for entry to parliament: PAP * No margin of error given in Jan. 11-16 poll among 965 adults: PAP * NOTE: Next general election to be held in 2015
Poland’s Democratic Left Alliance seeks to balance the budget and help entrepreneurs, party leader Grzegorz Napieralski said, abandoning calls for higher social spending before a vote that may return the party to government.
Talks on forming Finland’s new government are still open to the Left Alliance as well as the Green Party, Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen said in Brussels today according to Finnish state-owned broadcaster YLE.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bearing as a frugal “housewife” on Greece and other troubled euro nations is a campaign vote-winner that won’t change after election day, a regional leader of her party said.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform party drew even with opposition Law & Justice party in Dec. 5-12 poll of 910 voting-age adults by CBOS, Warsaw-based researcher said today in e-mail. * Law & Justice’s support fell by 1pp to 23% in poll, while Civic Platform backing rose 1pp to 23%, rebounding for 2nd straight month from Oct. level that was ruling party’s lowest since 2005 * Democratic Left Alliance was 3rd with 10%, unchanged from Nov., followed by Polish Peasant Party, with 6%, or 1pp below Nov. * No margin of error was given