More than half of Germans think that democracy in their country is under threat, with the rise of right-wing extremism causing much of the concern, according to a YouGov poll.
Fifty-three per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that democracy is in danger, the results of the survey, released on Thursday, showed.
It was supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who most feared for democracy, at 79 per cent in that group.
The party, which has made major gains in German politics in recent years and is currently the largest opposition party in the Bundestag parliament, often complains of unfair treatment by the media and other politicians.
Right-wing extremists topped the list of perceived threats to democracy at 47 per cent, followed by right-wing populists and migrants in joint-second place at 27 per cent.
Left-wing extremism and the U.S. were also causes for concern, with 22 per cent of participants in the survey seeing those factors as threats.
YouGov Germany interviewed 2,020 people from Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 in the representative study, which was carried out ahead of the International Day of Democracy on Sept. 15.
Edited by Fatima Sule/Maharazu Ahmed