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Dissatisfaction with Scholz administration growing

German satisfaction with the traffic light coalition has reached new lows since they took office in December 2021. At 68 percent, more than two thirds are less or not at all satisfied with the work of the SPD, Greens and FDP, as the ARD Deutschlandtrend has shown. Only 29 percent stated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the traffic light coalition.

Published: October 9, 2022, 9:07 am

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    Of the governing parties, the Greens are still doing the best in the poll and around 34 percent give them good marks. In August it was 43 percent. The SPD has also deteriorated by seven percentage points to 27 percent. Around 20 percent of Germans are currently satisfied with the FDP, compared to 24 percent in August.

    The war in Ukraine is causing great concern: Around 56 percent fear that Germany could be drawn into the conflict. Only 43 percent are concerned less or not at all. As the cause of the crisis, more and more Germans – quite rightly – are holding the current traffic light coalition responsible. Their poll numbers are in free fall.

    Overall, the attitude of the population towards military support for Ukraine has changed. Almost half, or 47 percent warned the federal government to behave cautiously so as not to provoke Russia. In June it was 43 percent. Seven percent have moved away from their call to be tough on Moscow. Currently, 43 percent of those surveyed still believe in a tough stance. The gap between east and west is particularly large. In the eastern federal states, the desire for restraint dominated at 60 percent. In the West it was 44 percent.

    However, there is pessimism about the development of the economic situation, because 80 percent perceived the situation as bad or very bad. That is twice as many as before the federal elections in September 2021. The rating is the worst since 2009. And 53 percent were also convinced that the situation would be even worse in a year’s time.

    Overall, the economic conditions in Germany give cause for concern for 85 percent. Only eleven percent stated that they felt confident. This is a record negative value since measurements began in 1997.

    If there were a federal election on Sunday, the Christian Democrats would win with 28 percent. In second place in the survey are the Greens with 19 percent, followed by the SPD with 17 percent. The FDP would come to 7 percent. The AfD is currently at 15 percent.

    The most recent ZDF political barometer reveals a similar mood: Here, too, satisfaction with the Scholz government has fallen massively since the beginning of the Ukraine war. In March of this year, 75 percent believed that the government was doing a good job; today only 49 percent think so, and 44 percent of those surveyed expressly gave the traffic light coalition a bad rating. Här hittar du:

    A current survey by the opinion research institute INSA also showed that a good 69 percent of Germans, more than two thirds, were dissatisfied with the work of the federal government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), in Central Germany, 74 percent. Only 23 percent (in the east) were satisfied with the activities of the traffic light coalition.

    With price explosions, looming energy shortages and blatant war rhetoric – it’s hardly a surprise that many Germans have had enough of it and want the stable, predictable lives they once had back.

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