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Polish Public Opinion: Explaining Declining Support for EU Membership
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 19:35 authored by Aleks SzczerbiakAleks Szczerbiak
This article examines the changing patterns of support for EU membership in Poland, the largest of the central and east European applicant states. It argues that we should not be surprised that Poles have become increasingly cynical about EU membership since accession negotiations began and examines the particular concerns that underpin Polish Euroscepticism. However, the overall level of support remains high, and it is apathy and low turnout that pose a greater threat than outright rejection in a future referendum on EU accession.
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
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- Politics Publications
NotesThis influential and widely cited paper is one of the very few examples of in-depth analysis of the dynamics of public opinion on European issues in one of the post-communist states in the run up to EU accession. Using a qualitative analysis of polling survey evidence it analyses the dynamics of the interaction between the process of EU enlargement and its impact on public opinion and domestic politics in a candidate state.
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