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While Germany remains strongly wedded to Europe, this poll on German voters' views on Europe shows that there’s considerable support in Germany for slimming down the EU. German voters' mistrust of the European institutions is also on the rise.
13 September 2013
Of 13 domestic and European institutions tested, German voters trust the country’s Federal Constitutional Court (the Bundesverfassungsgericht) the most (71% of voters). They have the least faith in the European Parliament and the European Commission, which are only trusted by 33% and 30% of voters respectively. In contrast, the German government and parliament are trusted by 44% and 45% respectively. The Bundesbank has clearly suffered a reputational hit in the Eurozone crisis, with the same amount (47%) now saying they trust it as those who don’t. However, only 38% say they trust the European Central Bank.
By a margin of two to one (50% in favour, 26% against), German voters say the next German Chancellor should back the efforts to decentralise powers from the EU to the national, regional or local level.
Should the next chancellor back the efforts by some European politicians to decentralise powers from the EU to the national regional or local level
When various individual policies were tested a majority of Germans wanted less EU involvement in at least eight policy areas:
A majority (53%) said the UK leaving the EU would be very bad or bad for Germany’s economic and political interests (30% disagreed). 57% said the UK leaving would be damaging to the prestige and credibility of the EU – the same share who said that the next German government should actively strive to keep the UK within the EU.
Whilst 63% of voters said Germany and Britain could be strong allies in reforming the EU, 50% disagreed with the statement that “Germany and Britain are more natural allies in Europe than Germany and France,” while 33% agreed.
When asked to rank countries in order of their political and economic importance to Germany, France remains the uncontested leader being ranked first by 61% of respondents. The UK was a distant second being ranked first by 19%.
But Hollande is less popular: However, when asked to rank European leaders in order of how much voters trust them, the largest share of respondents (30%) put David Cameron top, with 26% ranking Francois Hollande the highest, followed by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (ranked first by 18%).
67% of voters said decisions made to stabilise the euro should not be allowed to impinge on the EU’s common market or undermine countries who don’t share the single currency.
YouGov Deutschland interviewed 1,010 adults online between 21 and 26 August 2013. Data were weighted to be representative of German adults aged 18+. Data were weighted to past vote recall. For a full break-down of the answers including demographical data and voting intentions: Read full report.