Poland "A" and Poland "B"
If you look at the geography of voting, the Komorowski won in nine regions (province) of western half of Poland, and Kaczynski — in seven regions to the east of the Vistula (except Warmia and mavzurskaga province).
The regional balance of electoral sympathies were expecting — it is something of a tradition in Polish politics. East of the country (less industrialized and generally poorer) voted for "conservatives", that is, for those candidates who currently are less "pro-European" and more "traditional". West of the country (relatively richer) chooses the "liberals", that is clear supporters of integration with Europe.
In this fight, "liberal" was Bronislaw Komorowski, and "conservatives" — Jaroslaw Kaczynski. In 2005, a "liberal" was Donald Tusk, and the "conservatives" — Lech Kaczynski. And in 1995 the role of "pro-European liberal" performing social democrat Aleksander Kwasniewski, a "traditionalist conservatives" had Lech Walesa.
Sociologists explain the different geographical section of political sympathies of the Poles. Some pay attention, that the contour maps
political commitment to "conservative traditionalists" like a map of Poland before World War II. So, they explain, with the "traditionalists" voting with people who strongly endorsed the tradition of Polish patriotism and Catholicism.
Some go even deeper into the story and bring that balance of political sympathies Poles reflects the long-standing border between Prussia, Russia and Austria-Hungary, who "made out" Poland at the end of XVIII century. Those of the old "kangresavy kingdom" (the Russian side) and "Galicia" (Austro-Hungarian part) vote for the "traditionalist conservatives" and those of the old Prussia — for "pro-European liberals." That is, has a value of genius loci — "Protestant spirit," who allegedly hovering over the western part of Poland and the causes of indigenous Catholics (the vast majority of immigrants from Ukraine and Belarus after 1944) to choose pro-European political line, as opposed to fly-Catholics from the eastern half of the country.
Poland piece "A" Polish "B"
On this political map of Poland its distinctive spot in every election put Podljassky Belarusians. Orthodox padlyashuki not vote degree liberalnastsi political program of the candidate, and on its relationship to the historical and religious tradition. The candidate who strongly emphasizes the Polish historical tradition based on Catholicism, has no chance of Orthodox Belarusians.
And because Belarusians nayahvotney would support a program that would return to Poland to socialism of the communist era, all
forced to cast their vote for the most ardent European integrators, that is, the liberals of Civic Platform and the Social Democrats. Paradoxically, the economic program of Kaczynski's much closer to the heart of the Podlaskie Belarusian than the program Komorowski, but traditional values with exposed the role of Catholicism, which preaches Kaczynski — quite indigestible for them. And the stomach prevails at the ballot box.
In this election commune Chizhi on Podlasie (padlyas.: Cyzê) set a record of support for Komarovsky equal — in the commune, at the election turnout 49% for Komorowski voted 93% of voters. According to the 2002 census, Belarusians make up a commune Chizhovsky 82% of the population (this is the highest percentage of all the communes of the Belarusians in Poland). More than 90% of the vote Komorowski received in the other two communes with the advantage of Belarusians — Orla (padlyask.: Vôrla) and Gainovka-rural (padlyas.: Hajnuvka). According to the 2002 census, in the commune Orla Belarusians make up 69% of the population, and in the rural commune Hainuvka — 65%. In these three communes mother tongue For Belarusians it is Podlasie, wherein both the Belarusian and Ukrainian literary standards.
But in 2000, when Alexander Kwasniewski won the presidential election in the first round, Chizhi also set a record — voted for by 99% of voters in the municipality. That is, even those who do not write themselves Belarusians.
And throughout the Podlaskie province this year from an insignificant advantage Kaczynski won Komorowski. The result, of course, is also expected.