Polish Elections: Undecided Women Voters to Tip the Scales

Surveys indicate opposition parties must mobilise disillusioned women to win 

10 October 2023

Paweł Marczewski

Marcin Król Fellow

Women make up a large proportion of undecided voters who are likely to vote. If either of the two leading parties is decisively successful in winning their support, they will be poised to form the next government.

In the upcoming parliamentary elections in Poland, which are scheduled for 15 October, the women’s vote will play a particularly important role.

Given the fact that the race between the ruling party and the opposition is very tight, every segment of the population with a large number of undecided voters becomes evermore crucial.

It will not be enough for even the biggest and most popular parties to just mobilise their core electorates. They have to either “steal” supporters from rival parties or try to attract new supporters among the undecided. The latter group is particularly large among the Polish women, especially those from the youngest cohorts.


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Paweł Marczewski

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow. Paweł Marczewski is head of the research unit Citizens at the ideaForum, think tank of the Batory Foundation, a member of the Carnegie Civic Research Network, and an affiliated researcher at the SWPS Youth Study Center. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Warsaw. His main areas of interest are relations between demographic changes and democracy, social movements, civil society organizations, and social justice. He is a contributing writer at the weekly Tygodnik Powszechny and a member of the editorial board of Przegląd Polityczny quarterly, his comments and articles appeared also in the Nation, Public Seminar, Eurozine, as well as major Polish dailies Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita. In the years 2011-2017, he was an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, in 2015-2017 also head of publications at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.


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