Over half of Poles believe that in the event of an armed conflict, a travel ban should be imposed on military-age men, according to a report by the PAP news agency.

The survey, conducted by IBRiS for private broadcaster Radio ZET, found that 54.4% of respondents agree with the idea, with 20.9% strongly supporting it. This measure would prevent Polish draft-age men from leaving the country if it were under military attack.

The survey reveals notable differences in opinion based on age and gender.

Gender Differences:

Most women (55%) oppose the travel ban.

A substantial majority of men (73%) support it.

Age Differences:

72% of Poles aged 18-29 are against the restriction.

Opposition rises to 79% in the 30-39 age group.

Attitudes shift with age, with a strong majority over 40 favoring the ban.

The highest support is among those aged 60-69, with 87% in favor.

Additionally, another recent poll indicates that around half of Poles support the idea of returning draft-age Ukrainian men living in Poland to their home country's army. Ukraine faces a significant shortage of troops to defend against Russia's full-scale invasion, while hundreds of thousands of military-age Ukrainian men reside abroad.

The IBRiS survey for Radio ZET was conducted on May 10-11, 2024, using the CATI method, with a nationwide sample of 1,071 people. Photo by Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej, Wikimedia commons.