ARD “Germany trend”: Chancellor Scholz loses a lot of approval

ARD “Germany trend”
Chancellor Scholz loses a lot of approval – Germans are divided with regard to arms deliveries

Loses approval: Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD)


According to a survey, approval of the work of Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the traffic light government as a whole is falling significantly. With a view to the delivery of heavy weapons, the Germans are therefore divided.

According to a survey, people in Germany are further divided when it comes to assessing the government’s course in the Ukraine conflict.

Accordingly, 36 percent of those surveyed find the policy of the traffic light coalition in response to the Russian invasion of the neighboring country appropriate. For 41 percent, however, it does not go far enough. For 15 percent, the government has already overreacted – this was slightly more than at the beginning of April.

This was the result of a survey by infratest dimap for the ARD “Germany trend”which was released on Thursday.

The picture is similar when it comes to the question of deliveries of heavy weapons such as tanks, which the Bundestag launched on Thursday: 45 percent of those surveyed are in favor, just as many are against.

It is striking that among the supporters of the governing parties, the majority of Green voters are in favor of a hard line: 54 percent of Green sympathizers want the government to take further steps, 67 percent are in favor of heavy weapons. The FDP supporters go a little further, but those of the Social Democrats tend to go in the opposite direction.

Dissatisfaction with Chancellor Scholz is growing

Overshadowed by the war in Eastern Europe, the work of Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) is currently viewed critically by a majority of respondents. Only 39 percent are satisfied with their work – a drop of 12 points compared to the beginning of the month. 57 percent are not satisfied. According to infratest dimap, these are the worst values ​​for Scholz since he took over the chancellorship in December.

The head of government is currently only communicating convincingly for 27 percent of those surveyed, and only one in three (33 percent) supports his course in the Ukraine war.

The majority of respondents are particularly satisfied with the work of 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.

Union leads Sunday question

In the Sunday question, the Union improved slightly to 26 percent (plus one). The SPD remains at 24 percent ahead of the Greens at 18 percent (minus one). The AfD continues to achieve eleven percent, the FDP nine percent. The left comes to only three percent (minus one). Nine percent is predicted for other parties.

For the ARD “Deutschlandtrend” the Institute Infratest dimap surveyed 1344 eligible voters from Monday to Wednesday. The error rate was given as two to three percentage points.


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