As successive polls show PiS in the lead, there are predictions of a possible 40% backing which would allow them to go it alone in government
Latest opinion polls show PiS on a maximum of 38%. 40% wouldn't be enough - PO won 41.5% in 2007 and still needed the PSL for a majority.
PO operatives, often referred to collectively as Lemingrad (the part of Wilanów many of them inhabit), have fallen into a panic.
Not really. PO are still sitting on 28% of the vote, and Kukiz is fading badly as his programme is coming under attack from both PiS and PO.
In a last-ditch attempt to avert their electoral knockout they are dredging up dirt on PiS and trotting out the IV RP scare.
Nothing that PiS haven't done for the last 8 years. The IV republic is a real threat, as witnessed by PiS voters online that are foaming at the mouth of obtaining revenge. Furthermore, PiS have been badly affected in the past by corruption scandals, such as with Duda's links to SKOK and Hoffman's drunken Ryanair trips.
Actually, it's rather an arrangement that keeps power away from PiS. Suits me, and the majority.
Ordinary Poles, however, can plainly see the PO regime has been very beneficial to a narrow elite of bankers, coportations and collaborationist media, but not to the average Pole.
Polonius, do you drive? Do you use the railways?
The huge problem for PiS right now is Kukiz. His behaviour is erratic, and with his comments about destroying political orders and so on - PiS have a lot to worry about if the only viable coalition is with him. They desperately need a parliamentary majority (which would be unprecedented, and highly unlikely with PO on 28%) in order to rule, as Kukiz will just repeat the performance of Lepper.
Dare I say it, but I think a Grand Coalition between PO and PiS would serve Poland far more than letting that clown Kukiz anywhere near power. I'm sure a deal could be done with PiS to ignore social issues in exchange for pushing through a centre-left economy with increased public spending.