Recognising same-sex marriages in Poland

Majority of Poles support the view that Poland should recognise marriages of homosexual citizens contracted in another country of the European Union. Nearly six out of ten respondents state they would not object that, and over 30% respondents reject the practice.

Supporting political parties

Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) electorate is least in favour of the examined phenomenon. Only 14% are convinced that such marriages should be acknowledged in Poland, whereas 76% state the opposite.

The electorate of Nowoczesna (Modern) – i.e. the party manifesting readiness to fight for the LGBTQ rights turned out less eager to introduce this practice (64%) than voters of Kukiz’15 (83%) and Platforma Obywatelska (Civic Platform) (82%).

Respondents’ age

The greatest support for introducing this practice was observed in the youngest group of respondents (18-29 yo) – altogether 81% of respondents there voice an opinion that same-sex marriages should be recognised in Poland.

The subsequent age breaks manifest similar support ranging from 53% (40-49 year olds) up to 62% (30-39 year olds). One should note 36% of affirmative answers among respondents aged 70 plus.

Respondents’ place of living

The respondents from metropolitan cities, with over 500k inhabitants, demonstrate the greatest support of acknowledging homosexual marriages contracted in another EU state, reaching 73%. The figures are nearly as high among respondents from big cities (250-500 k inhabitants) – 72%.

Interestingly enough, 43% people from villages do not object the idea. One should note though that the share of opponents of such practice is the highest in this group as well – 46%.

Attitude towards religion

Despite the fact that the lower is the religiousness of respondents, the more likely they are to support recognising same-sex marriages contracted in other European Union countries, one should note nearly 40% of positive responses among those who report performing religious practices.

The figure may imply that Polish faithfuls’ views about homosexuality are becoming more liberal. Yet, there is still a great gap vs 96% among those who do not believe or practice any religion.