SMALL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Report on public opinion research in Polish administrative districts included into the Local Border Traffic area
It would be hard to imagine a better laboratory of social change than the districts in Warmińsko-Mazurskie and Pomorskie voivodships which form a Local Border Traffic area, together with the adjacent Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation. With the area launch there, barriers to people-to-people contacts with a neighbouring country have been abolished on this section of the Polish state border. Given the difficult relations between Poland and Russia, it is hardly possible to exaggerate the experiences gained from this somewhat experimental project, which facilitated travel across the Polish-Russian border.
Population of Local Border Traffic area was surveyed a year after the new travel rules were introduced. The present report sums up the findings of both qualitative (study trips to Gdańsk, Bartoszyce, Bezledy and Lidzbark Warmiński) and quantitative research. Some survey findings were additionally compared to data of the November 2012 national survey of Polish-Russian relations, carried out by CBOS polling agency to a commission from the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding.