The Strategist

Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel Rose for the First Time Since July

12/21/2015 - 15:46

Public discontent with policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on refugees has decreased for the first time since July this year. This is evidenced by a survey of the German broadcasting company ARD. Number of those who support course of Frau Merkel has grown in comparison with beginning of November by 3 percentage points and amounted to 42%.

According to a public poll conducted on 14-16 December by the German TV company ARD, number of the current country’s course supporters has increased for the first time since July this year. Thus, in the limelight now are Christian Democratic and Christian Social Union (CDU / CSU) and politicians belonging to the block of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to ARD, now 42% of Germans are satisfied with her policy on immigration crisis, including the 7% that chose "very satisfied".

Total number of people supporting the ruling party’s policy, has grown by 3 percentage points from the beginning of November. Yet, disgruntled are still in majority (57%), including 33% "somewhat dissatisfied", and 24% - "very dissatisfied." Mostly, those dissatisfied came from the conservative and euroskeptic party "Alternative for Germany" - 98%. 68% among supporters of the “green” are satisfied with the ruling bloc’s policy, and 57% supporters are among of CDU/CSU itself.

At a recent CDU’s congress, Frau Merkel said that Germany is going to decrease number of refugees entering the country. At the same time, she noted that the country does not back away from the declaration of reception of refugees fleeing from wars and conflicts. However, Frau Merkel added that if the refugees flow does not narrow, Germany may not have enough power for their integration. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the number of migrants arriving in the country at the end of November reached a record monthly level of 206 thousand people. For the first 11 months of the year, 965 thousand refugees entered Germany. Nevertheless, he said, number of refugees arriving in the country has declined sharply over the past few weeks. Reducing number of refugees arriving in Germany associated with the agreement between the EU and Turkey, providing tighter control over the flow of migrants at the Turkish border.

Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become "Person of the Year" by Time magazine for her policy pursued during the Greek crisis, influx of migrants and the series of attacks in Paris.

In addition to Angela Merkel, the short-list for "Person of the Year" title featured Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, leader of the terrorist group "Islamic State" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US presidential candidate Donald Trump, the protest movement Black Lives Matter, CEO of Uber Travis Kalanik and transgender Caitlyn Jenner.