According to the ARD-Deutschlandtrend four Funftel of the Germans find the Nato important, the German soldiers should be withdrawn however from Afghanistan
Before, Bush was the bad man from the USA, now Obama is the good man for the Germans. People expect the president of the USA, which is now ailing but still acts as a superpower, to regulate the fate of the world – for better or for worse. The anti-Americanism of recent years, which some have noted, was merely a rejection of the Bush administration, while expectations of the U.S. remained high. Barack Obama still shines in Germany, according to the latest ARD Deutschlandtrend. 80 percent of respondents like what he has done so far.
The Germans were obviously happy to have an Obama at the head of state instead of Merkel, Steinmeier and Co. also an Obama at the head of state. 76 percent would like to see politicians like Obama, and 72 percent say they have been pleasantly surprised by him since he took office. He seems to be doing everything right. 89 percent think. Under his leadership, the USA is back on the right track. The euphoria is just the all-or-nothing flip side of Bush’s earlier opposition. Now 78 percent of Germans again see the USA as a trustworthy partner. However, here stand the French – despite or because of Sarkozy? – still on top with 87 percent.
As the Germans back Obama, so they do NATO, which is now celebrating its 60th anniversary. Birthday celebrations. 84% think that NATO is important to secure peace, only 11% think it is superfluous. The protests are thus coming from a minority. Against whom NATO is supposed to protect, however, was not asked. 61 percent think that NATO should continue to be active in Afghanistan, but only 32 percent think that German soldiers should be there. Two-thirds preferred to withdraw German soldiers as soon as possible. Obama, who wants to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, will get it right.
Germans still seem to be calm because two-thirds of them have not yet felt the effects of the crisis. Fear of losing one’s job has even fallen a little, but concern about the security of savings is growing. 56 percent are concerned about whether they have invested their money properly, but that also means they have money to invest. Two-thirds of the respondents expect the crisis to really hit Germany before it is over. A slight majority is already skeptical about government support for Opel, with 43 percent in favor of it.
Even if Steinmeier does not (yet) have a chance as candidate for chancellor, he is currently the most popular politician, ahead of the chancellor. After Merkel, two SPD politicians, Steinbruck and Munteferring, are ahead of the Bavarian shooting star Guttenberg. Nonetheless, the SPD continues to languish in the Sunday poll at 25 percent, the CDU has gained two points to 34 percent, and the FDP has lost ground, now at 15 percent. Greens and leftists each had 11 percent.