Majority of Germans Believe Scholz's Stay as Chancellor No Longer Than 4 Years, Poll Shows
10:05 GMT 08.12.2021 (Updated: 10:08 GMT 08.12.2021)
© 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.
© MICHAEL KAPPELER
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.
4 December 2021, 12:46 GMT
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.