Most Germans now doubt their country’s ability to cope with a record migrant influx, and fear refugees more, after the New Year’s Eve mass assaults on women in Cologne, opinion polls released Friday show.
A survey by public broadcaster ZDF found that 60 percent of respondents believe Germany cannot cope with the large numbers of new arrivals, which reached 1.1 million in 2015.
The Cologne attacks clearly had an impact, the broadcaster said, as only 46 percent of people surveyed in December felt that way.
The poll of 1,203 people over January 12 to 14 also found that a majority (56 percent) are now dissatisfied with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policies, up from 49 percent in December.
Seven people in 10 fear the influx will lead to more crime, compared to 62 percent in October.
And a growing minority, now at 42 percent from 33 percent in October, say they fear their cultural values are under threat.