NewsHalf of Germany fears Putin's attack, 40% stockpiling for war, says a recent poll

Half of Germany fears Putin's attack, 40% stockpiling for war, says a recent poll

People on the streets of Berlin
People on the streets of Berlin
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7:37 AM EST, January 30, 2024, updated: 4:38 AM EST, March 7, 2024

The recent poll by the INSA public opinion research institute was conducted on behalf of the German newspaper "Bild", presenting alarming results. As many as 46.1 percent of the Germans surveyed fear an escalation of war and a possible attack on Berlin by Russia under Vladimir Putin's administration.

Responding to the question "Do you fear a Russian attack on the West?" 44 percent of the respondents gave a negative answer, while the remaining 9.9 percent had no opinion on the matter.

The newspaper, publishing the poll results, indicates that left-wing voters (55 percent of respondents) and the Christian Democratic Union CDU (54 percent) are most anxious about the possibility of war between Russia and the West. According to the survey, supporters of the Alternative for Germany AfD and the new Wagenknecht party (considered pro-Russian) perceive less risk of escalating armed conflict.

In response to the question "Have you stockpiled food supplies for an emergency?" 39.1 percent of the Germans surveyed answered affirmatively. Meanwhile, 55.9 percent of respondents' denied stockpiling and preparing for war. Another 4.9 percent were unsure or had no opinion.

"Bild" notes that the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) has long advised the public to stock up on food, water, hygiene products, first aid kits and basic camping gear, similar to what is recommended in Sweden.

According to the INSA poll, only one in six respondents knows where to seek shelter in the event of an enemy attack. As much as 79.4 percent of those surveyed do not know the address of the nearest bomb shelter or other safe places to hide.

The survey was conducted from January 26 to 29 with 1001 participants.

Source: "Bild"

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