Almost half of Germans against supplying Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks

File – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in front of several soldiers and a Leopard 2 tank. – Moritz Frankenberg/dpa

BERLIN (DPA/EP) Forty-five percent of the population in Germany are against supplying Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks, considered an icon of the country’s military technology, as Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski has been specifically demanding, according to a poll commissioned by the DPA agency.

The German population is generally opposed to the supply of such tanks to Ukraine is the main conclusion drawn from this poll published Sunday by the YouGov institute among 2,075 people.

While almost half disagree, the other half is divided between 33 percent in favor and 22 percent undecided.

This division among the population has also been reflected within the tripartite coalition that governs the country, with the Social Democrats – with Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the head – denying the delivery of these cars, but with the Greens especially and the Liberals, although to a lesser extent, in favor of satisfying this specific demand of President Zelenski.

The poll shows that the greatest division is among the Social Democrats (SPD), with 41 percent opposed and 40 percent in favor.

On the opposite side are the Greens, where half of their voters say ‘yes’ to handing over these tanks versus 25 percent opposed. While in the liberal FDP 42 percent are against and 33 percent in favor.

Finally, opposition is most noticeable among respondents with sympathies for far-right parties, such as Alternative for Germany (AfD), where 76 percent are opposed.