Majority of Germans Believe Scholz's Stay as Chancellor No Longer Than 4 Years, Poll Shows

© MICHAEL KAPPELERGerman Finance Minister and candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz addresses a press conference following a video meeting with the heads of government of Germany's federal states at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 18, 2021.
German Finance Minister and candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz addresses a press conference following a video meeting with the heads of government of Germany's federal states at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 18, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.12.2021
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BERLIN (Sputnik) - Almost two-thirds of Germans believe that newly elected Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not be able to hold the post for more than four years, according to a poll conducted by YouGov for the dpa agency.
Earlier on Wednesday, the leader of the German Social Democrats Scholz was elected by the Bundestag as a new head of the government, replacing veteran Angela Merkel.
The results of the survey showed that 44% of Germans believe that Scholz will serve as chancellor for four years, after which he will fail to win re-election. Another 20% of the respondents were confident that the ruling coalition of the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Free Democrats will fall apart by the next elections to the Bundestag.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an informal EU summit on migration at EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool) - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.12.2021
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Only 16% of those polled expected Scholz to be re-elected for a second term, and only 1.3% of respondents believed that the new Chancellor will last as long as his predecessor Angela Merkel, who headed the German government for 16 years.
At the same time, only 22% of respondents said that the new government will make serious changes to the country's policies, while 51% believed that there will be no major changes. Another 16% answered that they did not expect any changes at all.
The YouGov poll was conducted from 1-3 December and covered 2,067 people over the age of 18.
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