A public opinion poll conducted by Infratest dimap for ARD-Deutschlandtrend in early March gave the government its best marks in foreign and defense policy.  According to the poll, 67 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the government’s conduct of foreign policy, and only 28 percent said they were dissatisfied.  A slight majority of 51 percent also said they were satisfied with the government’s conduct of defense policy, compared to 41 percent who said they were dissatisfied.  The government’s work across all areas was viewed positively by only 47 percent of respondents, while 51 percent said they were dissatisfied.  The government received poor marks for its domestic policy, especially its social and energy policies, which were viewed negatively by 68 and 73 percent of the public respectively. [1]


Stephan Wallace is a defense and security policy analyst following political, military, and economic developments in Europe. He has worked more than 33 years on this area for the U.S. government, most recently for the U.S. Department of Defense. He can be contacted by email at wallace.stephan@gmail.com. The views expressed are those of the author alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).

[1] Jörg Schönenbom, “Solidarität mit der Ukraine,” ARD-Deutschland Trend (results of poll conducted by Infratest dimap), 6 March 2014.

  • David P. Conradt

    The Defense Ministry page does not open.

    • Hello Mr. Conradt,
      I am sorry to hear that you were not able to open the page for the ministry of defense. On what page did this link not work for you? I have re-checked the main handbook page, and the link works on that page. Also, there is no link on this page to the defense ministry section of the handbook.

      For your convenience, here is the direct link: http://www.aicgs.org/issue/ministry-of-defense/

      Best regards,
      Nicholas Iaquinto
      AICGS Communications Coordinator