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article imagePoll shows Kaczynski twins unpopular with Poles

By dpa news     Sep 27, 2007 in Politics
A majority of Poles are unhappy with both their president and prime minister who happen to be identical twin brothers, according to an opinion poll published Thursday.
Fifty-eight per cent of respondents to a TSN OBOP opinion survey said they were unhappy with President Lech Kaczynski, while a whopping 74 per cent had the same opinion about identical twin brother, conservative-nationalist Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Thirty-two per cent of respondents approve of the president.
The twins made modern history in 2005 when Jaroslaw's conservative-nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party narrowly won parliamentary elections in September 2005 and Lech won the office of president a month later.
Jaroslaw officially became prime minister in July 2006 after removing PiS party member Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz from the top government office. Marcinkiewicz was rated the most popular politician in Poland at the time, while Jaroslaw Kaczynski currently appear to be among the least popular politicians since Poland's 1989 transition from communism to democracy.
The prime minister won the approval of only 19 per cent of respondents to the poll.
The dismal ratings come as Kaczynski is leading the PiS into a snap general election on October 21 after two turbulent years of his failed government.
Allegations of abusing Poland's Justice Ministry and secret services in attempts to neutralise political rivals also dog Kaczynski as Poles prepare to vote.
His conservative nationalist PiS party, however, is running neck- and-neck with the opposition liberals and appears to have a reasonable chance to win the ballot despite its leader's unpopularity. dpa sib fs
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