Brussels Attacks Lead To Surge In Approval For Merkel

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Angela Merkel

While the recent terror attack on Brussels has led to fear in Europe, a new poll by Forsa research group has shown the tragic event to cause a surge in public opinion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel’s numbers had been sliding since August of last year when Germany decided to freely open its borders to the thousands of Syrian refugees, and recent elections looked to spell doom for the German leader’s party.

However this recent poll shows Merkel’s favorability climbing up to from 44 percent to 52 percent, her highest rating since the refugee crisis began to escalate in August.

Why are German’s once again rallying behind Merkel? According to Forsa’s head of research, Manfred Güllner, since “the Brussels attacks raised the threat of terrorism, citizens are turning around and it’s strengthening the established parties – just like after the Paris attacks”.

Approval numbers will likely begin to dip again once the effects of the latest terror attacks begin to fade, but Merkel can bask in her once again high ratings for a little while.


Photo: Philipp [Flickr] / CC BY 2.0

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