Scholz’s approval rating and overall trust in the country’s government remain low, new survey finds
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s approval rating remains low, with just 38% of Germans believing he is fit for the job, according to a survey by German research institute INSA. Nearly 50% of Germans consider Scholz unsuitable for the job, according to the study published Tuesday by Bild.
Although his approval rating remains low, Scholz performed better in September than in August. The previous INSA survey showed just 25% of the public were satisfied, with the rating becoming the lowest since Scholz took office in December.
The survey shows that the government’s overall approval rating has become even lower, with 64.5% of respondents describing their level of trust as “down” compared to some 62% in August. Only 30% described their level of trust in the federal government as “high,” according to the survey.
Several cabinet ministers also posted extremely low approval ratings, with Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht the worst performer. Only 18% of respondents were happy with the way she did her job, while 63% disapproved.
Nearly 35% of Germans approve of Economy Minister Robert Habeck, while some 50% are unhappy with him. Finance Minister Christian Lindner showed similar results, with some 33.6% approving of his work and 50% expressing disapproval.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach remains the most controversial figure in government, the survey says, with society remaining roughly split in half over his performance. Some 40% approve of his work, while 47% disapprove.