Merkel loses support on handling of debt crisis: Poll
Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:1PM
The steep erosion in domestic support for Merkel undermines her chance of winning a third term in a 2013 federal election.A mid-July poll by ZDF-Politbarometer showed 63 percent of Germans favored Merkel's handling of the debt crisis. Another poll at the start of July by Infratest-ARD put support for Merkel's crisis policies at 58 percent. Asked in the YouGov survey whether they feared for their savings, 44 percent of Germans responded affirmatively.
Merkel has been demonized across Europe mainly due to her demands for austerity in return for aid.A June 29 Emnid poll suggested that Germans think their country’s economic conditions would improve if Europe’s top economy leaves the 17-member debt-stricken eurozone.
Several eurozone member states have been struggling with deep economic stagnancy since the bloc’s financial crisis began roughly five years ago.The rising unemployment in Germany signals that even Europe’s biggest economy is not immune to the economic crisis in the eurozone and cannot be trusted upon to prop up growth. KA/JR/AZ