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Cost-of-Living Surge Erodes Support for Polish Ruling Coalition

  • Opposition bloc overtakes ruling coalition in Kantar poll
  • Poland is struggling with inflation a year before elections
Shoppers browse fruit and vegetable stalls in a market in Wroclaw. Poland’s inflation accelerated to a quarter-century high 15.6% in June.

Shoppers browse fruit and vegetable stalls in a market in Wroclaw. Poland’s inflation accelerated to a quarter-century high 15.6% in June.

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Poland’s ruling coalition lost its lead over the main opposition bloc for the first time since its 2015 election victory in a sign that spiraling inflation is starting to chip away at support.

Coming little more than a year before the next general elections, the results are a potential warning for the nationalist Law & Justice party and their ruling allies. The coalition has been torn by disagreement over clashes with the European Union and is facing growing public anger over a deepening cost-of-living crisis.