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.
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.