German Economy Minister Flops in Poll Over Energy Crisis
© AFP 2023 / JOHN MACDOUGALLGerman Minister of Economics and Climate Protection Robert Habeck (L) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz talk during a debate on the federal budget 2023 at the Bundestag, the German lower house of Parliament, on September 6, 2022 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
© AFP 2023 / JOHN MACDOUGALL
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, the voters’ darling for many months, saw his fortunes tumble this week over his inability to rein in soaring energy costs, according to a poll published by the Bild daily.
More than a half of those sampled by INSA pollster on June 3 spoke favorably of how the Green minister was doing his job, with only 26% saying his performance was "bad."
A follow-up survey, conducted on Friday among 1,000 respondents, found that Habeck’s job approval rating fell to as low as 34% over the past three months, with a further 49% saying they disapproved of his performance.
The poll also showed that 19% of respondents would not elect Habeck chancellor if they could vote directly, down from 25% in June. Support for incumbent Chancellor Olaf Scholz rose to 24% from 18%.
The Greens are heading for legislative polls in the state of Lower Saxony on October 9. Habeck reneging on the EU’s commitment to green transition might seriously reduce their chances to score at the ballot box.