In a recent opinion survey conducted by Pollster and published in the newspaper Super Express, it has been revealed that up to 44 percent of Polish citizens are against the reintroduction of compulsory military service. The findings shed light on a notable shift in public sentiment regarding conscription in the country.
The survey indicates that a mere 27 percent of respondents express support for the idea of reinstating conscription solely for men in Poland. Interestingly, 13 percent of those surveyed favored the notion of mandatory military service for both men and women. Meanwhile, approximately 16 percent of participants remained undecided on the matter.
It is noteworthy that Poland officially discontinued conscription in 2009, transitioning to a fully professional armed forces structure in 2010.
The data also highlights a gendered aspect of the opposition to compulsory military service, with 49 percent of men expressing resistance to the idea. Professor Kazimierz Kik, a political scientist, shared insights on the survey’s outcomes, suggesting a changing perspective on self-preservation instincts among Poles.
According to Professor Kik, “The military is associated with war, and Poles are becoming Europeanized. The penchant for combat is disappearing.” He went on to elaborate that the results may indicate a shift in national priorities, emphasizing a move away from preparing for war and towards prioritizing individual comfort.