German voters alarmed by tank deliveries to warring nation
The delivery of Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, which has now been decided by the Scholz administration, is extremely controversial. According to current surveys, the majority of Germans think the decision is wrong.
Published: January 31, 2023, 7:32 am
The resentment is particularly great in Central Germany. According to an MDR online survey, around three quarters of the population there have rejected it. More than 28 000 people took part in the survey. According to the broadcaster, thousands of comments have reached them and “give a deep insight into the mood of the people behind the numbers”.
The MDR pointed out that the results of the survey were “not representative according to strictly demoscopic standards”, but it was a “weighted survey” that realistically reflected the mood. According to the broadcaster, 28 198 people from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia took part in the survey which was launched on Monday evening.
Overall, around three quarters of the participants considered the federal government’s tank decision to be dead wrong. The vast majority of them – 80 percent – fear that Germany will become a war party, according to the MDR.
The concern of many is that the battle tank deliveries could contribute to prolonging the war. Almost two-thirds shared this view. On the other hand, only 13 percent believed that the war would be over more quickly as a result. Only 16 percent assumed that the delivery of the Leopard 2 tanks would have no impact on the further course of the war. Around a third of those questioned even demanded that Germany stay out of the war completely and not support Ukraine. They said that good relations with Russia were more important.
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