Polish television audiences sat down to watch the second presidential debate on Wednesday night, which appears to have confirmed Bronislaw Komorowski’s near 10 percent lead in opinion polls.
Reaction afterwards indictated that former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski had failed to make inroads ahead of Sunday’s election.
The candidate of the ruling Civic Platform is seen as being more willing to implement an austerity plan, and the markets have already priced in a Komorowski victory, but his route to the presidential palace is not as smooth as it seems.
Civic platform’s core electorate is urban, younger, and wealthy, and with the election taking place deep into the holiday season there are fears his electors may be on the beach and not in the polling booths come Sunday.
Polls have failed to pick the winner in Poland before, and Kaczynski’s older, rural electorate may be more disciplined.