Most Germans doubt Merkel's "We can do it" on refugees, poll says

Only 8 per cent of Germans still believe in Chancellor Angela Merkel's "We can do it" promise, a slogan she has regularly used in the last year to rally Germans around efforts to manage the country's refugee crisis, according to a poll published Saturday

Merkel repeated the motivational slogan - first coined in August, at the height of the crisis as thousands of refugees were making their way to Germany every day - during her annual summer press conference on Thursday.

Pollster YouGov surveyed 1,017 Germans between July 26 and July 29, posing the question: "How do you feel about Merkel's statement 'We can do it,' repeated several times in relation to the high number of refugees in Germany and the country's ability to accept them and look after them?"

Some 48 per cent of respondents said they did "not agree at all" with the statement. A further 18 per cent said they "slightly disagree," putting the total percentage of people disagreeing with Merkel at 66 per cent.

Eighteen per cent said they "slightly agree," putting the total percentage of people backing Merkel's view at only 26 per cent.

That means the numbers of those who agree with Merkel's optimism on the refugee crisis are at their lowest point since she coined the phrase in August 15, 2015.

However, there was only point - between September 1 and 4 - when agreement levels were significantly higher. Back then, 43 per cent of Germans agreed with her, while 51 per cent disagreed.

Last update: Sat, 30/07/2016 - 15:28
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