28.01.2022 – 06:00
The relationship between NATO and Russia is currently tense. The USA and other Western countries fear that Russian troops will invade Ukraine. Moscow denies that there are such plans. According to a current forsa survey commissioned by RTL and ntv, 37 percent of the German citizens surveyed are very concerned about the current political disputes between NATO and Russia over the situation in Ukraine. Every second person (50%) feels at least a little concerned about this. Only a few (12%) are not at all worried about the current conflict. Respondents from East Germany (46%), older respondents aged 60 and over (51%) and supporters of the Union (54%) say that they are very concerned about the current political disputes. The supporters of the AfD (35%) are not at all concerned about this comparatively often.
Majority speaks out against arms deliveries to Ukraine
Ukraine has repeatedly asked Germany to supply weapons in the conflict with Russia. The federal government has so far refused arms deliveries to Ukraine. 22 percent of those surveyed believe that the federal government should move away from its negative attitude and support Ukraine with arms deliveries. However, a clear majority of 69 percent is against arms deliveries to Ukraine.
47% see Russia as primarily responsible for the conflict
According to 47 percent of the German citizens surveyed, Russia bears the greatest share of responsibility for the current conflict. 10 percent see the main responsibility with NATO, 5 percent with the USA and only 1 percent with Ukraine. 28 percent think that all actors bear equal responsibility for this. Clear differences can be seen here between the respondents from West and East Germany: Half of West Germans (50%), but only a quarter of East Germans (27%) see the main responsibility in Russia. AfD supporters (40%) are the most likely to say that NATO bears the greatest share of responsibility for the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Contrary opinions on tightening economic sanctions against Russia
With regard to a possible tightening of the economic sanctions against Russia, the picture is divided: 41 percent of the German citizens surveyed are in favor of tightening the economic sanctions against Russia in view of the current situation in Ukraine – 35 percent even if this leads to a further and significant noticeable rise in energy prices in Germany. 46 percent are generally against tightening economic sanctions. A majority of supporters of the Greens (60%) are in favor of tightening, even if this leads to further and clearly noticeable increases in energy prices. In general, a clear majority of East Germans (72%) and AfD supporters (83%) are against tightening sanctions.
51% support the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany was recently completed. Given the situation in Ukraine, some are calling for the gas pipeline to be suspended. 51 percent of those surveyed believe that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline should nevertheless go into operation as planned. 41 percent would find it better if the pipeline were not commissioned, at least for the time being. A majority of supporters of the FDP (53%), the Left Party (52%) and especially the AfD (93%) are of the opinion that Nord Stream 2 should go into operation as planned. A narrow majority of SPD (55%) and Union supporters (53%) and a clear majority of Greens supporters (67%) are in favor of at least temporarily suspending the start-up.
In addition, a majority of respondents (61%) believe that there will be bottlenecks in the supply of Russian gas to Germany as a result of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. A third (33%) does not expect delivery bottlenecks.
The reports are free for publication with the source RTL/ntv Trendbarometer.
The data was collected by the market and opinion research institute forsa on behalf of RTL Germany from January 25 to 26, 2022. Database: 1,005 respondents. Statistical error tolerance: +/-3 percentage points.
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