Delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday, 28 June 2020, Poland had its five-yearly presidential election. With 62.9% of Poles casting their vote in the first round (about 3.5 million more than in 2015), incumbent President Andrzej Duda received 41.8% of the vote and his opponent, Rafał Trzaskowski, 30.4%. To be elected president a candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote. Thus, Duda and Trzaskowski are meeting in the second-round – in a very tight contest, on July 12.
Andrzej Duda is supported by the governing right-wing Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwości – PiS). Rafał Trzaskowski is the liberal candidate of the Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska – PO) and is currently mayor of Warsaw. He joined the campaign only in May, replacing Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska who withdrew from the presidential election.
Trzaskowski’s short campaign focused on restoring constitutional norms and improving Poland’s relationship with the EU, while also maintaining popular social welfare programs. Duda, criticised for supporting controversial judiciary reforms, curtailing media freedoms and his open hostility towards the LGBT rights movement, focused his campaign on traditional Catholic values and additional financial support for families and senior citizens.