Polls say 40 percent of Germans want Merkel gone

Poll says 40 percent of Germans want Merkel to resign over refugee policy while 45 percent disagree

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she addresses a news conference after a meeting with state premiers at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on January 28, 2016

Updated Jan 30, 2016

Forty percent of Germans want Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign due to her refugee policy, according to a poll conducted by Focus magazine.

The poll of 2,047 Germans was conducted by Insa for Focus magazine from January 22 to January 25.

It also showed that 45.2 percent believed Merkel's refugee policy was not a reason for her to resign.

Germany took in 1.1 million refugees, escaping from war and poverty in Middle East and Africa, in 2015, more than any other EU country.

The fingerprint of a refugee is taken at the registration center of the Patrick-Henry Village refugee center in Heidelberg, Germany on January 28, 2016

Although Germany has tightened its border controls since October, Merkel continued to premediate an “open door policy” for asylum seekers and declared that Germany can cope with it, saying “we can manage this, because Germany is a strong country.”

She has discussed that refugees could make contribution to the society as well as to the economy, if they are socialized with the society.

Yet besides the opposition of the far right groups like PEGIDA or LEGIDA, and politicians from opponent groups; Merkel’s open door policy is criticised by her allies too.

Earlier in January, Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer, a prominent ally of Merkel, threatened to sue her government over its open door policy towards refugees.

Since the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve which were blamed on refugees, Merkel’s popularity had dropped among Germans, according to an earlier poll.

TRTWorld, Reuters