A new survey, conducted by one of the country’s most trusted polling firms, has revealed that Germany’s globalist-led political system—propped up by its ideologically uniform press, cultural institutions, multinational corporations, and academic establishment—is facing a legitimacy crisis, with nearly one in three Germans believing they live under a ‘sham democracy’ where citizens have no say.
The nationwide survey, carried out by the polling firm Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion, revealed that 31% of respondents agreed with the statement: “We live in a sham democracy in which citizens have nothing to say,” with nearly half of those living in the East German federal states agreeing with the same statement, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.
The figures indicate the government’s legitimacy has suffered serious—and perhaps irreparable damage—as a consequence of its years-long draconian COVID-19 measures, socially and economically oppressive treatment of the unvaccinated, encroachment on fundamental civil liberties, consideration of forced vaccination, support for never-ending mass migration, inflation, tax hikes, and climate hysterical policies which have gutted the country’s energy sector, leaving the country’s entire economy in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In light of the above-mentioned policies—which have, more or less, been pursued by the center-Right, liberal Christian Democrats (CDU), the pro-business, libertarian Free Democratic Party (FDP), as well as the Left-liberal Greens and Socialists—it’s not particularly hard to understand where this widespread cynicism about the country’s system has come from.
The degree of disaffection with the country’s political system, which by most metrics appears to attend to the interests of a small ‘elite’ class while disregarding those of the working and middle classes, varies considerably between East and West Germany. While 28% of the population in West Germany believe they’re living under a “sham democracy,” that figure is nearly double in East German, at 45%.
Despite the widespread cynicism and dissatisfaction with the country’s political system, German voters continue to support the establishment parties responsible for that system, with the latest polls suggesting that just 15% of the population support the country’s Right and Left anti-establishment parties—Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and Die Linke.