Trump Terrifies Germans More Than Terrorism: Poll

BERLIN  — More than two-thirds of Germans are ex­tremely concerned that US President Donald Trump’s policies are having dangerous impact worldwide, an annual opinion poll ranking the Ger­man’s biggest fears has found.

The “Fears of the Ger­mans” survey study, released on Thursday, showed that a whopping 69 percent of respon­dents expressed worries that Trump’s policies, including his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord, are making the world a more dangerous place.

The survey showed Ger­mans’ concern over Trump’s policies easily outstripped their worries about refugees and terrorism.

The Survey, conducted in June and July by R+V Versi­cherung insurance company – using a sample of 2,400 Germans – showed 63 percent believe that German authorities are unable to cope with refugees, while another 63 percent fear that in­creased migration will set off further tensions between Ger­mans and asylum-seekers.

“Trump’s brutal ‘Ameri­ca First’ stance, his hostility to international agreements and his aggressive trade and security policies, including toward allies, are frightening a majority of the population,” said Heidelberg-based politi­cal scientist Manfred Schmidt who advised R+V on the sur­vey study.

“Trump’s attacks on Germany are having a grow­ing impact on sentiment,” Schmidt further underlined, pointing to Trump’s repeated verbal assaults on Germany’s trade surplus and relatively low military spending.

59 percent of percent of those polled listed terrorism as their top concern, down from 71 percent last year.

The survey also under­scored lack of public trust in politicians, showing over 60 percent feared Germany’s pol­iticians are not up to the job. Nearly half mark their per­formance as a “fail” or a one grade above that. Both per­centages show a significant in­crease from last year’s survey.

The survey was carried out before protest rallies waged by German far-right elements in the eastern city of Chemnitz after reported fatal stabbing of a German man – allegedly by two refugees – at­tracted attention.

The release of the 2018 survey was released a day af­ter The New York Times pub­lished an opinion column writ­ten by an anonymous senior Trump administration official in which the US president was described as amoral and un­moored. The column detailed how members of Trump’s team are thwarting parts of his agenda in order to protect the United State

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