90% of Polish Bitcoin Users are Uber-Bullish Males Under 40: Survey

June 14, 2019 03:00 UTC

By CCN Markets: Bitcoin users in Poland are mostly men under the age of 40. Moreover, a whopping 92% of them believe that payments using cryptocurrencies will soon become commonplace.

The results were shared by BitBay Pay, who surveyed 2,582 cryptocurrency users in Poland and asked them a series of questions, including their gender, age, and other details to get a composite picture of the nation’s crypto community.

Bitcoin Users In Poland Are 90% Men

The survey indicates that cryptocurrencies are mainly popular among men in their thirties. Men comprised 91.5% of the crypto community in Poland, while women make up just 8.5%.

Men comprise 91.5% of bitcoin users in Poland. | Source: BitPay

Most Crypto Users Are In Their Early-30s

More than 50% of the survey respondents are under age 40, with the highest concentration among 31 to 35-year-olds.

These findings are consistent with other research about bitcoiners around the world, which shows the crypto ecosystem is overwhelmingly male.

As CCN reported, almost half of millennial bitcoin traders in the United States trust crypto exchanges more than the traditional stock market.

In contrast, 77% of Generation X traders trust stock exchanges more than crypto exchange.

Crypto users in Poland were typically under age 40. | Source: BitPay

93% of Respondents Say Crypto Is Safe

Not surprisingly, bitcoin was the most popular cryptocurrency among the Poles surveyed. More than 70% of respondents have bitcoin in their wallets. Other popular digital currencies were Ether, Lisk, and Ripple.

Notwithstanding the recent barrage of crypto hacks, a staggering 93.1% of Polish crypto enthusiasts consider digital currencies to be a safe means of conducting transactions.

93% of Polish crypto enthusiasts consider virtual currencies safe. | Source: BitPay

Despite the rising popularity of bitcoin among younger Poles, the vast majority of respondents did not use cryptocurrencies when making purchases. In fact, only 20% of respondents say they have used crypto to buy something.

This is because merchant adoption of crypto payments has been very slow.

However, the crypto community in Poland are very optimistic about mass adoption. According to the survey, over 90% of respondents believe that payments using cryptocurrencies will become more popular.

| Source: BitPay

Taxes Roil Crypto Traders

As CCN reported, cryptocurrencies have slowly gained traction in Poland. In April 2018, crypto traders launched a petition to protest the government’s decision to tax all cryptocurrency transactions, even those that weren’t profitable.

In the petition, the traders said that the new regulations meant that the money they had invested in bitcoin and other virtual currencies would effectively be taxed “hundreds or even a thousand times.”

The brouhaha erupted after Poland’s Finance Ministry published an interpretation of the country’s tax code in April 2018. The Finance Ministry said all income from crypto transactions were subject to either an 18% or a 32% tax rate.

But what really upset the crypto community was the government’s insistence that merely selling or buying virtual currencies was a “transfer of property” that was automatically subject to a 1% tax. So in other words, you owe taxes on a crypto trade even when you lose money.

This article was edited by Samburaj Das.

Last modified: July 31, 2019 07:05 UTC

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