CBOS survey on prices. The belt is already tightening 80 percent. Poles
Poles feel the effects of price increases more and more. In October, 86% declared a strong or very strong feeling of inflation. respondents – results from a survey conducted by CBOS.
During the last six months, the percentage of those who felt its effects increased significantly (by as much as 24 percentage points), while the percentage of those who felt it slightly decreased (from 33 percent to 13 percent).
The October survey shows that the rise in prices is felt more acutely by the less well-off. Respondents who are less satisfied with the material conditions of their households and those with lower per capita incomes more often declare that they felt the effects of the price increase to a very large extent, less often – to a small extent.
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The survey shows that for Poles the most severe is the increase in food prices (92%)Secondly increase in fuel prices (64%)and in the third – practically at the same level – an increase in electricity prices (57%) and heating a flat or house (57%).
For many respondents, the most noticeable are increases in the prices of medicines (25%), medical services (13%), building materials, home furnishings (13%) and an increase in other costs related to the use of a flat or house, e.g. transport garbage, water, sewage (11%).
“Poles have various strategies to deal with inflation. Most often they limit everyday purchases, look for cheaper substitutes (81%) and limit the consumption of water, electricity and gas (72%).. Roughly two-thirds give up larger expenses, put them aside (68%), and a little less reduce spending on entertainment, leisure and culture (62%).
A significant proportion of the respondents use savings for current expenses (45%).reduces driving (38%, 50% of those who own cars), or – for fear of a further increase in prices – buys in stock, speeds up planned purchases (26%) “- indicated the results of the study.
Inflation translates into an increase in wage expectations – 12 percent of respondents either applied for or received a raise or decided to look for a better-paid job. Every eleventh respondent (16% of the employed) changed their job to a better paid job or worked more in order to earn more.
“According to the respondents, the current increase in prices in Poland is to a greater extent the result of the policy of the Polish authorities (47%) than factors independent of their actions (36%).“- indicated in the information on the results of the research. The CBOS report also indicated that the opinions of the respondents on the subject government actions to mitigate price increases and their effects for citizens are divided.
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