RTL/ntv trend barometer: Majority supports phone calls with Putin

RTL/ntv trend barometer
Majority supports calls to Putin

Chancellor Scholz promises Selenskyj German support in the war against Russia, but also calls Putin. This is often criticized, but a large majority of Germans think it’s right.

More than half of Germans are not satisfied with their chancellor’s work, but this is apparently not due to his often-discussed reluctance to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons. A minority of 35 percent shared criticism of Scholz for not providing enough and too hesitant support to Ukraine in supplying heavy weapons. However, there are more critics than in early May, when only 27 percent of those surveyed found Scholz’ support with heavy weapons too hesitant and too little.

A majority of 58 percent, less than at the beginning of May (70 percent), considers Scholz’s behavior towards Ukraine to be appropriate and not too hesitant when it comes to the specific question of his handling of arms deliveries.

Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron have called Russian President Putin several times in recent weeks about the war in Ukraine. A large majority of 83 percent of Germans – across all electoral groups – find it right that Western heads of government should continue to speak to Putin. Only 14 percent don’t think that’s right.

Should Merkel apologize for her Russia policy?

As in the past few weeks, only a quarter of Germans (25 percent) still believe that the war in Ukraine can be won militarily. On the other hand, 68 percent of Germans believe that the war can ultimately only be ended through negotiations and a diplomatic solution.

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel explained in an interview with “Spiegel” last week that she sees no reason to apologize for Russia’s policy during her term in office. A majority of 54 percent of citizens – across all political camps – share Merkel’s view that she has no reason to apologize for her Russia policy. A minority (36 percent) believe that Angela Merkel has reason to apologize for her Russia policy.

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