Most Poles pessimistic about changes in country, poll

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Some 66% of Poles are pessimistic about the changes in their country, the Kantar pollster revealed in a survey last week, according to a report by news agency PAP.

Only 19% said the changes were positive, 15% could not say. The percentage of pessimists was 4 points higher than in a similar poll in December, the percentage of optimists remained unchanged. As many as 79% said Poland's economy was in crisis, 44% of this group said the crisis was slight, 35% that it was deep.

Fifteen percent spoke positively about the national economy, 13% of this group claiming it was developing slowly and 2% that economic growth was fast. Thirty-one percent believed material living conditions in Poland will remain unchanged over the next three years, only 16% expected improvement. Forty-six percent said they will deteriorate, with 15% of this group expecting a serious, and 31% a moderate worsening.

The percentage of optimists with regard to material living standards was 1 point down from December, the percentage of pessimists 3 points up. Thirty-nine percent said it was easy to find work in Poland, 35% that work could be found, but not always in desired professions, 4% that it was easy to find a satisfying occupation.

Forty-nine percent were pessimistic about the job market. The percentage of employment optimists was 6 points down from December, the percentage of pessimists 3 points up. Kantar ran the survey from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 on a random sample of 1,011 Poles aged 15 and over.

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