Saturday, August 15, 2009

Poll on corruption: Poles are corrupt!

Every eleventh Pole admits having given a bribe, while three years ago every seventh citizen admitted this.

The most corrupt areas appear to be politics, the health sector and justice (Ta Daaaa!). Despite the fact that most Poles believe that corruption is a serious problem, there is a strong drop by 24% in terms of those who believe that the crime should be severly punished.

Grazyna Kopinska from the Batory Foundation claims that moral assessment of bribery has not changed for years and polls which show a decreasing share of those admitting giving bribes is the result of penalties "[that are ] very fierce," said prof. Wlodzimierz Wróbel from Jagiellonian University.

Poles have negative opinions on the anti-corruption activities of the government headed by Julia Pitera, who is losing social trust, while the Central Anticorruption Bureau (CBA) is positively assessed by 41 percent of those polled.