RTL/ntv trend barometer
Large majority is dissatisfied with Scholz
7/14/2023 6:22 am
A clear majority of Germans are not satisfied with the Chancellor’s work. And only a minority expect the coalition to argue less after the summer break.
This Friday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz will take stock of his work at a summer press conference. Even before that, it’s clear: the report the Germans give him isn’t that good. Only a third of Germans are satisfied with the chancellor’s work. In a survey by the opinion research institute Forsa for the RTL/ntv trend barometer, 34 percent said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Olaf Scholz’s work. Almost two thirds, 64 percent, are less or not at all satisfied.
Compared to spring 2022, these values are bad. In March of last year, 60 percent said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Scholz’s work. Only 33 percent were not very satisfied or not at all satisfied.
Only the supporters of the SPD are currently mostly satisfied. Only half of the supporters of the Greens and only a quarter of the supporters of the FDP are satisfied with Scholz’s work.
Only a quarter of the supporters of the Union parties are satisfied with the work of the Chancellor, and almost nobody says this among the AfD supporters. A large majority (71 percent) of SPD emigrants, i.e. those who voted for the SPD in the last federal election, are less or not at all satisfied with Scholz’s work, but no longer want to vote for the party at the moment.
After the conflicts of the last few months within the traffic light coalition, only a minority of Germans assume that things will get better in the future. 19 percent believe that the SPD, Greens and FDP will pull together again in the second half of the year. On the other hand, 78 percent expect that the Federal Government’s ability to act will continue to be impaired by disputes between the coalition partners.
This expectation is shared by a majority in all sections of the population and voters. The supporters of the SPD are still the most convinced that there will be fewer disputes in the future: 37 percent of them say that the traffic light parties will pull together more in the second half of the year.
Only a minority expects the coalition to break up
Nevertheless, only 25 percent (compared to 38 percent at the beginning of June) currently believe that the coalition will break up before the end of the legislative period. 70 percent currently assume that the coalition will last until the end of the legislative period. At the beginning of June, after the fierce clashes between the governing parties over the heating law, only 52 percent said the coalition would remain in place.
The supporters of the coalition parties have varying degrees of confidence that the coalition will hold up: 84 percent of SPD supporters say so, and 86 percent of Green supporters say so. Among the supporters of the FDP it is 71 percent.
A majority of 72 percent of the supporters of the Union parties also believe that the coalition will hold out until the end of the legislative period. Only the AfD supporters are divided on this issue. Of them, 49 percent believe the coalition will survive, 46 percent believe it will break up.