Poll says 10 percent of Germans want a new 'Führer'

Germans reportedly want leader to "send foreigners home"; over 58% say "religious practice for Muslims in Germany should be seriously limited."

October 13, 2010 16:12
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Poll says 10 percent of Germans want a new 'Führer'

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Ten percent of Germans want a  “Führer,” and one quarter are strongly xenophobic, according to a poll released on Wednesday, reported German news source The Local.

The poll, entitled “The mainstream in the crisis – Right-wing extremist attitudes in Germany,” was conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for Political Education.

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Those who wanted a “Führer,” said that he should "govern with a strong hand for the good of Germany," and believed that dictatorship is a the preferred form of government.

More than 30% agreed with the statement "foreigners come to abuse the welfare state," and even more (31.7%) said that when unemployment is high, the government should "send foreigners back home."

Over 58% said "religious practice for Muslims in Germany should be seriously limited."

Older and less-educated Germans were more likely to be intolerant, according to the poll.

Study authors Oliver Decker and Elmar Brähler called their findings "an alarm signal for politics and society," The Local reported. Decker and Brähler also said that right-wing extremism increased during the current financial crisis.

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