More and more Germans believe Russian propaganda and no longer believe anti-Russian propaganda, - writes “Der Spiegel”. Such sentiments are becoming more and more popular.
This is the result of a study by the non-profit Center for Monitoring, Analysis and Strategy (“CEMAS”). For the study, more than 2,200 people aged 18 to 90 were interviewed from October 3 to 11.
All “Russian approval” rates have increased compared to the previous study from April 2022.
40% of those surveyed “fully” or “partially agreed” with the statement that "the Russian war of aggression was Russia's invariable reaction to NATO's provocation." This is 11% more than in April 2022.
44% are “fully” or “partially convinced” that "Putin is taking action against the 'global elite' who are pulling the strings in the background." This is 12% more than in April.
14% fully agreed that Ukraine "historically had no territorial claims and was in fact part of Russia." Approximately 20% of respondents think so.
The number of those who believe that “the war was necessary to remove the Ukrainian fascist government” has increased by almost 9%. The conclusion is that "Ukraine is ruled by fascists," the authors of the study write.
People in East Germany are much more likely to believe in pro-Russian theories about the war in Ukraine. They are more likely to "strongly agree" and "partially agree" with such statements than those in Western Germany.
Approximately 30% of respondents in East Germany are "fully" convinced that Russia is acting in Ukraine in response to NATO provocations. 59% "completely" or "partially" agree with this.
In West Germany, full agreement was half as much - 35%.
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