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71% of Germans support sanctions against Russia

May 26, 2023

The majority of Germans continue to support Western sanctions against Moscow imposed because of Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine.

This is evidenced by the results of a recent poll commissioned by the Institute for German Economics, Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

According to the poll, 71% of Germans support punitive measures against Russia.

At the same time, 72% of respondents believe that sanctions de facto harm the German economy more than the Russian one. Nevertheless, 84% of respondents say that sanctions are fulfilling their function.


The survey showed clear regional differences. In particular, the approval rating of sanctions was 73% in West Germany, while in East Germany it was 56%.

The majority of supporters of sanctions are among voters of the Green Party (91%), the SPD (85%), the CDU/CSU (80%), and the FDP (74%).

The largest number of sanctions opponents are among supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) (66%) and the left (45%).

Author - Olena Madiak, 26/05/2023

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