Polls show most Germans fear refugee burden too great

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.

  • Ego

    Most Germans now doubt their country’s ability to cope with a record migrant influx

    This is a totally wrong approach to what is happening. It’s not about being able to cope—it’s about the madness of even trying. It’s like someone willingly injecting himself with a big dose of a deadly virus and then wondering whether he can cope with it. Any person doing that would be considered a mental case. But if it is a country, why, then it is called inclusive and liberal. The grand delusion of the West.

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  • Minicapt

    Introduce the practice of reciprocal decimation.


  • Brett_McS

    Wachet Auf!

  • H

    What’s surprising to me is how *slowly* attitudes in Germany are hardening against mass Muslim immigration. For instance, (only) 56% “are now dissatisfied with Angela Merkel’s refugee policies”, as opposed to 49% in December. In other words, 44% are NOT dissatisfied with her policies on immigration – still almost half the country. So after getting a good, long look at the benefits of these “policies”, they still think Muslim immigration is just swell … what is *wrong* with these people?

  • tom_billesley

    Polls like that make politicians want to accelerate their electorate replacement project.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Most Germans don’t matter. Only the leadership and the media matter.