While some western media outlets may be a bit perplexed as to why German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s favorability ratings in numerous polls continues to drop, we are surprised Merkel has not been outright kicked out of office for what has become a disastrous tenure as Germany’s Chancellor.
Perhaps the only other person with a worse track record is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The failures of Angela Merkel are numerous, and geo-politically transformative (and not transformative in a good way).
Her policy failures are not small little blips. Just to name a few…
- Stubbornly supporting an illegal coup in Ukraine which destroyed a once stable nation,
- backing the US regime change policy in Syria which destroyed a once stable, secular nation,
- then giving the green light to all refugees from war tone countries to enter the EU and live under the union’s social umbrella,
- which has allowed countless radical jihadist terrorists and ISIS operatives to set up camp in Europe,
- and finally ushering in the end of the European Union by overseeing the Brexit referendum vote
The last time we checked on Angela Merkel’s plunging support in the polls, was in early August, when right after the three most recent terrorist attacks on German soil all conducted by ISIS-affiliated refugees, popular support for the Chancellor had plunged by a whopping 12%, with her approval rating crashing to just 47%. This marked her second-lowest score since she was re-elected in 2013. In April last year, before the migrant crisis erupted she enjoyed backing of 75 percent.
Nearly a month later, with the recent terrorist attacks having subsided from memory, a new Emnid poll reveals that the traditional bounce in Merkel’s popularity has failed to materialize, and instead 50% of Germans are now against her serving a fourth term in office after a federal election next year.
Reuters reports that Merkel is seeing her poll numbers slide to record lows..
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s domestic popularity has declined, a poll showed on Sunday, with 50 percent of Germans against her serving a fourth term in office after a federal election next year.
Support for Merkel has weakened after a string of violent attacks on civilians in July, three of which were carried out by asylum seekers. Of those, two were claimed by Islamic State.
This has raised opposition to Merkel’s open-door migrant policy, which allowed hundreds of thousands from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere into Germany last year.
Half of the 501 people questioned in the Emnid poll for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper were against Merkel staying in office beyond the 2017 election, with 42 percent wanting her to remain.
In November, the last time Bild am Sonntag commissioned a survey on the issue, 45 percent had been in favor of Merkel serving a fourth term, with 48 percent against.
The head of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Frank-Juergen Weise, told the newspaper that he expects a maximum of 300,000 refugees to arrive in Germany this year.
When asked about her plans for the 2017 election in an interview with public broadcaster ARD on Sunday, Merkel said she would comment on this “in due course”, but did not elaborate.
Germany’s political parties are gearing up for next year’s election. Asked in the ARD interview when Germans would get tax relief given that Germany has a budget surplus, Merkel said that would come “in the next legislative period”.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has previously said that people should not expect much tax relief.
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