Polish Ruling Party’s Backing Slips Behind Maverick Rocker Kukiz

Poland’s ruling Civic Platform fell into third place in an opinion poll after being leapfrogged by the party of rock musician Pawel Kukiz months before elections.

Support for Civic Platform, whose favored candidate lost May’s presidential runoff, plunged eight percentage points in the past two weeks to 17 percent, according to the June 1 poll by Millward Brown for TVN television. The opposition Law and Justice led with 25 percent support, followed by Kukiz’s movement with 20 percent, both unchanged since the last survey.

The rise of Kukiz, a 51-year-old singer, poses a threat to Civic Platform’s re-election chances this fall as voters shun the party that’s ruled for eight years in search of political change. Kukiz grabbed headlines during the presidential campaign, mobilizing the protest vote, particularly among the young, by vowing to “give Poland back to its citizens” and to oppose the current political establishment.

The surprise presidential victory of Andrzej Duda, backed by Law and Justice, has already rattled markets. The yield on Poland’s zloty bond due 2025 has jumped 33 basis points in the past month, while the zloty has weakened 1.4 percent against the euro, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Civic Platform’s parliamentary caucus meets Tuesday to plot its strategy. Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, the government’s spokeswoman, said support will recover.

“The polls are a certain barometer, but we have to do our thing,” Kidawa-Blonska said on Polish radio. “Civic Platform is still interesting for Poles and we can talk to them.”

The Millward Brown poll also showed gains for the NowoczesnaPL, or Modern Poland, movement created by economist Ryszard Petru, who’s targeting entrepreneurs and the country’s middle class. His support doubled to 10 percent. No margin of error was given.

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