According to the survey, conducted late last month by the Warsaw-based IBRiS polling agency for the newspaper and released on Tuesday, Poles are divided nearly 50/50 when it comes to EU institutions' decision to examine state of Polish democracy.
The decision by the EC and the European Parliament to monitor the situation in Poland was welcomed by 47% of respondents, with an equal number (47%) opposed, polling showed.
According to Rzeczpospolita, the three most serious shortcomings of Polish membership in the EU listed by respondents include the imposition of unwanted EU legislation, unequal treatment of member states when it comes to agricultural subsidies (Western European states have the right to more funding), and the sense that the EU views Poland as a pool of cheap labor.
41% of Poles believe that EU decisions which affect Poland – decisions like whether to accept migrants or issues of climate change, must first be discussed in the country, and only then be debated at the EU level.
Moreover, die-hard supporters of the ruling Right and Justice Party (PiS) and the Eurosceptic KORWiN Party believe that issues affecting only Poland must be decided in Poland, without the need to pay any heed to Brussels. 19% of respondents proposed such an approach.
Asked what they like best about the EU, IBRiS polling found that first and foremost, Poles appreciate the open borders between European governments – "the freedom of movement which is becoming more and more at risk in connection to the migrant crisis," Rzeczpospolita commented. Other positives include EU funding and subsidies, and the ability to get an education abroad.