Andrzej duda started their message in brzeg, a little town in southwestern poland, with a paean on residents who defended neighborhood church residential property resistant to the armed forces authorities at night days of polands communist age. the anecdote led him as to what he described as a worse modern-day hazard towards the country: lgbt ideology.

Today we're in addition protecting our values, said the polish president, that is looking for re-election on sunday. the generation of my parents would not combat for 40 many years to kick the communist ideology out-of schools...in order for all of us to today accept that another ideology should arrive, that's a lot more destructive for people.

The election would be the third consecutively for which polands ruling legislation and justice party (pis), the 48-year-old mr dudas longtime celebration before he became president (polands president can't be a member of a celebration) features desired to rally its conventional base against what it portrays as social threats from a liberal metropolitan elite that features lost touch with polish values.

But although the tactic helped pis shore to success in final many years european and polish parliamentary elections, mr duda is dealing with a great deal tougher battle now.

Polls declare that he can win 1st round regarding the voting with around 42 percent of this vote on sunday, or 10 things more than his nearest competitor, the liberal opposition mayor of warsaw, rafal trzaskowski. but this margin would evaporate in a run-off, held on july 12 if no body wins more than 50 percent in the 1st round.

The stakes tend to be high. during his 5 years in workplace, mr duda features supported piss most controversial guidelines. were he to reduce, the opposition, armed with the presidencys veto abilities, can provide a check up on the ruling celebration and its own measures including a bitterly contested judicial reform that have set warsaw at chances with brussels.

Mr duda has-been placed on the back base by mr trzaskowskis promotion energy. after trumpeting piss well-known benefit guidelines and plans for big infrastructure projects, the polish leader features lately cast around for methods to regain the effort.

On wednesday, mr duda took the uncommon action of making the country days before an election for a hastily arranged meeting with united states president donald trump. the meeting ended up being built to showcase mr dudas close commitment aided by the leader of polands crucial safety guarantor at the same time if the trump administration is about to withdraw us troops from europe.

Mr trzaskowski, 48, has actually faced hostile protection on condition tv and a week ago, the inner ministry launched that in each area, the municipality aided by the highest turnout will win capital for a fire engine an effort to enhance turnout for mr duda because it applies to small town areas where pis is strongest.

Such as the past two elections, most of piss promotion features revolved around culture war issues eg lgbt rights. certainly one of mr dudas staff stated on polish condition television that lgbt individuals were maybe not equal to regular folks. another pis mp tweeted a cartoon comparing same-sex marriages to a wedding between a person and a goat.

This rhetoric is squalid, said anna materska-sosnowska, from university of warsaw. it is one thing to state something. it is one more thing just how those terms convert to the daily lives of those people, to the growing violence towards them. you can easily finish the campaign, clean the hands and defeat the election posters, but all of this will always be.

But various other observers state the rhetoric might not postponed swing voters in provincial poland, among whom catholic-infused traditional family values nonetheless hold significant sway.

You aren't fundamentally dropping the centre surface (in poland) when you can portray that [lgbt] schedule as an element of an intense culture war which undermines the basic principles of polish civilisation and society, stated aleks szczerbiak, professor of politics during the uks university of sussex.

Raised in krakow, south poland, sufficient reason for abackground in law, mr duda worked as an aide to president lech kaczynski, who founded pis together with his twin jaroslaw. after lechs death in an air crash this year, mr duda became a pis mpin 2011 and won a seat in european parliament in 2014.

As president, he has got seen most of polands 380 counties, and his supporters say that his conservatism chimes in better using the values of small-town poland than mr trzaskowskis cosmopolitanism.

Duda is a profoundly religious person and several polish individuals feel this, stated andrzej zybertowicz, an adviser to mr duda. in poland the relationship utilizing the catholic church varies from in other modern-day communities, and i believe during his presidency duda was identified in poland as a person who expresses the needs of normal individuals.

But even with his assistance outside polands big towns and cities, experts state that deep polarisation of polish culture indicates the battle against mr trzaskowski is likely to decrease to the line.

Dudas biggest strength is that he could be genuinely popular in small-town poland, said prof szczerbiak. his problem is going beyond that core. that fact that he could be extremely highly identified with law and justice implies that you will find possibly individuals who like him personally, but who will be going to vote against him no matter.