Is this the most important Polish map of 2015?
Many Poles still feel it. A chill wind from the east.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year, there have been worries that Poland might be next. The Krakow Post recently debated the merits of these fears, and The Guardian depicts a Polish people still on edge, cracking dark jokes about the end of the world.
But how would the country actually react in the event of an invasion? Polityka surveyed men in Poland between the ages of 18 and 30 and broke the responses down by voivodeship. The results may surprise you.
These varying viewpoints, representing in some sense a stark national divide, will be weighing on the minds of many in the coming days as Poland prepares to elect a new supreme commander of its armed forces in the Presidential election on Sunday, 10 May.
So where do you fall on the spectrum? Let us know what you think in our survey below, and we’ll report on our own results soon.
10 thoughts on “Is this the most important Polish map of 2015?”
It so happens, I do not think Russia is the devil today.
Irrespective I would fight for Poland. Cowardliness never appealed to me.
The world is at war with the Elite. Only good little puppets will prosper. Sad… :(
I forgot to add this to my above post.
A public opinion poll showing than many citizens do not want to fight for their country is an invitation to an aggressor.
Hitler’s decision to start the war was based on his correct perception of the cowardliness of French elites and large parts of population of the time and his incorrect perception that the Brits were alike.
His latter incorrect conclusion (about the Brits) was partly based on a famous pre-war vote of Oxford students (children of elites at the time) that they will not fight for “King and Country.”
It is stupid to have such polls. They are harmful and do not reflect reality.
It would be rather difficult for non-Poles in Poland to justify a decision not to stay and fight. You always have the excuse that you were born in your home country. If you move to another, you’ve made a choice…
My father, uncles and aunts all played their part during WW2. I would be dishonouring their memory if I didn’t act as they did.
I am an American of Polish descent, it is heart warming to read posts that say you will defend Poland.
We were raised with a good deal of Polish pride even though we are very far away from you !
Most people think of actual armed conflict with Russia when seeing this survey. This idea of war is now out-dated. You can achieve your political goals more efficiently using using money and media, more than bullets. It may change in the future, but as of 2015, it’s the truth
I’m glad to see the ‘Kraków Post’ reissuing this survey to compile their own results. I have filled it out and it has been submitted.
Good job ‘Kraków Post’ & Steven Hoffman! Looking forward to the “new” results of the survey!
Do you think there is a link between one’s willingness to defends one’s country and how wealthy one feels?
Those in the west of Poland may not be so bothered about defending Poland, as they have no doubt been distracted by the shiny toys of western Europe that are flowing through. Shopping malls in Germany where I live are basically the same as shopping malls in Silesia where my wife comes from.
So how much is to do with the real prospect of invasion and how much is to do with consumerism subduing patriotic feelings? Shopping or war, shopping or war?