Political preferences of Ukrainian national minority in Poland in 2001-2011 parliamentary elections on the basis of national census.

Maryan Lopata, Mykhailo Halushchak

The purpose of this paper is to describe, characterize and explain the election results of major political parties and voting behavior of Ukrainian national minority in Poland in the parliamentary elections to the lower chamber of polish parliament – Sejm. In the study were taken into consideration four elections – elections to the parliament in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2011. Selected elections were taken into account due the temporal proximity to National Census in 2002 and 2011. The hypothesizes of the research is that Ukrainian national minority could have distinct voting behavior from their region of permanent living and voted obviously for more liberal, centrist or leftist parties rather than for far-right and right political parties.