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Green ministers can score: Approval for Scholz and traffic lights collapse

Green ministers can score
Approval for Scholz and Ampel breaks down

The war in Ukraine poses political challenges and many difficult questions. However, the line of the federal government is not well received. According to “Deutschlandtrend”, the approval of Chancellor Scholz in particular is declining significantly. Two Green ministers, on the other hand, are doing very well.

Approval for the work of Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the federal government as a whole has fallen significantly. According to the ARD “Deutschlandtrend”, the approval rating for SPD politician Scholz fell by twelve points to just 39 percent. On the other hand, 57 percent said they were less or not at all satisfied.

The federal government made up of SPD, Greens and FDP as a whole still achieved an approval rating of 41 percent (minus six points). Supporters of the SPD (70 percent) and the Greens (69 percent) are particularly satisfied, while criticism outweighs the criticism of the co-governing FDP (43 to 54 percent). There is a majority of clear dissatisfaction in the ranks of the Union and AfD. When assessing the coalition partners, the Greens do best with 43 percent approval. The SPD follows with 37 percent, ahead of the FDP with 36 percent.

The majority of respondents are particularly satisfied with the work of the two Green politicians, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (56 percent each). Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) comes to 44 percent, Finance Minister Christian Lindner to 41 percent. Only then does CDU leader Friedrich Merz follow with 33 percent. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is 20 percent behind the FDP defense politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann with 25 percent. AfD faction leader Tino Chrupalla reached ten percent, left leader Janine Wissler eight percent.

Majority for more toughness towards Russia

Germans are divided on how to deal with the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. With regard to German military aid for Ukraine, 52 percent of those surveyed called for more determination and toughness towards Russia. 40 percent called for a cautious course in order not to provoke the Russian leadership. 36 percent rated the course of the federal government as appropriate. For 41 percent, the government’s response does not go far enough, for 15 percent it is already too far-reaching.

Only in the ranks of the SPD does the assessment as appropriate prevail with 53 percent. On the other hand, a majority of the supporters of the FDP (57 percent) and the Greens (54 percent) call for further steps. A relative majority in the Union also sees this (48 percent to 39 percent). In the case of the AfD, 47 percent consider the government’s actions to be excessive.

There is a 45-45 percent stalemate over the issue of supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine. Here, too, majority approval comes from the FDP (70 percent) and the Greens (67 percent), but also from supporters of the Union (53 percent). In the SPD, the vote is very narrowly negative at 45 to 46 percent, with a clear rejection coming from the AfD (84 percent). The previous sanctions against Russia do not go far enough, 45 percent. 34 percent find it appropriate, 14 percent too far. 22 percent are in favor of an immediate stop to all energy supplies from Russia, and 54 percent want to end them gradually.

For the “Germany trend”, the Infratest dimap institute surveyed 1,344 eligible voters from Monday to Wednesday. The error rate was given as two to three percentage points.

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