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Merkel disappoints elites, but not average Germans

The Local · 22 Jun 2011, 15:25

Published: 22 Jun 2011 15:25 GMT+02:00

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A survey of top executives, political officials and civil servants in Europe's top economy by Capital business magazine in its current issue showed that 77 percent were disappointed with the coalition's performance.

And 78 percent said the government was "weak," with many citing zigzagging policies on phasing out nuclear power as a stand-out failure.

More than half – 58 percent – held Merkel personally responsible for the

government's failings as a "weak chancellor", versus 37 percent who considered her "strong".

In December, it was the opposite picture with 37 percent branding Merkel weak and 54 percent praising her as a strong leader, although 61 percent called the government weak.

Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed said that a decision last month to phase out all of Germany's nuclear power plants by 2022, reversing a previous plan to extend their lifetimes, smacked of indecisiveness.

Only 14 percent said they were persuaded by the government's new energy programme, despite the widespread opposition to nuclear power in the country.

Independent opinion research institute Allensbach has conducted the twice-annual poll for Capital magazine among 500 "top decision makers" since 1987.

A separate poll, however, showed more support for Merkel among voters.

The survey by the Forsa institute for Stern magazine published Wednesday showed the 56-year-old chancellor had reclaimed the top spot in a popularity ranking of top politicians.

She landed in first place for the first time in a year with a 59-percent

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approval rating on a scale of 0 to 100.

However voter-intention surveys indicate that the fractious coalition of Merkel's conservative Christian Union alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats would fall far short of a ruling majority if the general election, planned for 2013, were held now.


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15:48 June 22, 2011 by freechoice
any attempts to kowtow to the elites, will get the party voted out in the next elections!
16:10 June 22, 2011 by Bishopbayern
she is a great leader, i hope she stays in power for a long time
16:15 June 22, 2011 by trash head
> she is a great leader, i hope she stays in power for a long time

omfg ...
16:51 June 22, 2011 by german-guardian
Long live Germany
17:39 June 22, 2011 by neunElf
Watch what you wish for!

Merkel's hysterical decision is a leading indicator of a tectonic shift in Germany's fortunes.

You can only entertain such idiocy if you have the luxury of a strong economy, which we do, but this too shall pass.

Now on the German political landscape you have a choice of far left or little left, a huge vacuum exists on the right. I wonder who will fill it?
17:54 June 22, 2011 by dcgi
I don't think I've ever seen a nice photo of Merkel on thelocal, do they have some agenda to make her look as ugly/incompetent as possible?
18:07 June 22, 2011 by jmclewis
A leader has beliefs based in facts and science, does not wavier with the press and make poor judgement in a crisis. Angie has shown a lack of leadership on nuclear power first for then against it, with no intelligent reason why she changed her view. The crisis in Greece is a mess which she feels giving them more money will fix the second time when the facts are Greeks cannot afford there present government and benefits.
18:35 June 22, 2011 by DrStrangelove
According to these polls, I must be an elite. Didn't expect that!
18:36 June 22, 2011 by Dashcroft
dcgi: I was just thinking the same thing. I'm not a supporter of Mrs. Merkel's policies, but making her look like some cold, evil witch is in poor taste and extremely disrespectful. Is The Local being edited by snickering students?
18:53 June 22, 2011 by Englishted
You and me Dr. Strangelove.

trash head I 'm old what does omfg mean .

Am I right in Oh my Fu##### god?

Hope so.
18:59 June 22, 2011 by MJMH
My big question is this. If you were in her shoes and faced the possibility of a nuclear fiasco in Germany or Greece destroying the EU and the euro what would you do differently.
19:01 June 22, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
You can't please everyone all of the time. She made mistakes but she's still a good Chancellor. Since when do approval rating matter? Bush stayed in office with 1/3 of the approval rating as Merkel, and he was an idiot! Who else should be Chancellor then?
19:30 June 22, 2011 by Englishted
17:54 June 22, 2011 by dcgi

I don't think I've ever seen a nice photo of Merkel on thelocal, do they have some agenda to make her look as ugly/incompetent as possible?

You can't change or compete with the forces of nature.

What you see is what you get.

Ugly and incompetent.
19:36 June 22, 2011 by MJMH

Look in the mirror. If you were a politician what would people pick apart about you. No doubt the entire reflection.
20:00 June 22, 2011 by MrBowlocks
I found this article fascinating, because I dont think I've ever seen the word 'elite' used in plural form before. Unusual, certainly.
22:35 June 22, 2011 by DrStrangelove
Mr Bowlocks

There is an inflations of plurals recentlies. 'Data', 'media' and 'criteria' used to be plurals, but I see them used as singulars - 'this data', 'this criteria' - all the time now. If people feel they need the plural, they now use 'medias', 'criterias' and so on. I'm expecting to see the plural of that - 'mediass, criteriass' - any day now.

More than once, I have seen the term 'elite' applied to individuals - as in, "oh, don't heed him, he is just a snobby Toronto elite" - here in Canada.
01:17 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Englsihted,

First of all, what does looks have to do with politics. Secondly just your uneducated statement seems to reflect your lack of knowlege, and biased opinion against somethings. Good luck spreading your false prapaganda.
12:55 June 23, 2011 by Englishted

"What do looks have to do with politics "

Is this the new definition of naiveity ?.

Coming from a person who' s first comment was:

"16:51 June 22, 2011 by german-guardian

Long live Germany "

I am somewhat surprised that you have the nerve to question my education.

When you fail even to correctly to copy my name,what is "false prapaganda" is it anything like false propaganda? .dummkopf.


You should be in politics if your vision is so sharp that you can picture me in you head ,albeit that you have the room in there .
14:31 June 23, 2011 by trash head
> I don't think I've ever seen a nice photo of Merkel on thelocal, do they have some agenda to make her look as ugly/incompetent as possible?

She is just like you described it ;-)


>trash head I 'm old what does omfg mean . Am I right in Oh my Fu##### god?

Im young, so ill explain :>

You'r totaly right if the censored word is a kind of "Fekaliensprache" :>
07:46 June 24, 2011 by german-guardian
@ trash head

Listen, we are not going to put a fashion model as our politician. A politician is a good, organized, healthy German who gets the job done.
19:22 June 24, 2011 by Al uk
She's a damn sight better than the current crop of con men and women that inhabit the palace of Westminster.

And if the headline reads true then she is doing something right!
00:56 June 25, 2011 by FN Cee
Germany is one of very few responsible and strong economies around the globe ... and clearly the strongest in all the European Union. If tolerated, "the elites" will bring Germany down to the same disappointing levels occupied by other EU nations.
21:09 June 25, 2011 by PierceArrow
Germans, please re-elect Angela Merkel, and give the Christian Union/Free Democrat coalition an even bigger majority. Please don't make the same mistake we Americans did when we elected President B Hussein Obama and his liberal Democrat minions in Congress.
10:08 June 27, 2011 by dbert4
@PierceArrow - Your president is doing a fine job, or would be if the Republican Bush era morons weren't still around trying to stop any and all attempts to extract the country from the failed policies of Reagan, Bush and Bush.
00:13 June 28, 2011 by timbh45
just signed up. I read the wsj and had a whole section on Germany. The world is asking Germany to step up to be a world financial power. Why does Germany have to emulate the U.S.A. I am from the us and think we do to much all ready. Kudo's to those that say let them take care of their own problems
01:03 June 28, 2011 by JBlooze
Wow, Englishted sure knows how to spellcheck other people well. He even assumes it means he is superior in opinion. Funny isn't it. Pick apart the messenger when you have no useful argument for the message. Naivety includes thinking that all people place looks above competence.

Good point on PieceArrow dbert4.
08:11 July 8, 2011 by MfromUSA
Ffffffuuuuuuccccccckkkkkk the elites!
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