Approval for the Greens suffers from the Lützerath eviction – traffic lights without a majority

Demonstrator in Lützerath

The approval of the Greens suffers from the eviction of the lignite village.

(Photo: dpa)

Dusseldorf The Greens lost favor with the voters during the week of the eviction of the town of Lützerath, which was occupied by climate activists. The party had co-decided on the demolition of brown coal under the site. In the weekly voter survey, which the opinion research institute Insa collects weekly for the “Bild am Sonntag”, the Greens come to 17 percent this week, which is one percentage point less than in the previous week.

The SPD remains at 20 percent, the FDP can gain a point and comes to eight percent. According to the “Sunday trend”, the existing traffic light coalition would still not get a majority in a federal election with a total of 45 percent of the votes.

The Union parties remain the strongest with an unchanged 27 percent. The approval ratings of the other parties also remain unchanged compared to the Sunday trend survey of the previous week: the AfD is 15 percent, the left is five percent.

Together, the three opposition parties would come to 47 percent. The remaining eight percent of the votes went to the other parties.

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Leading Green politicians such as Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck and his NRW colleague Mona Neubaur defended the demolition of Lützerath by saying that the coal underneath is needed to maintain energy security in the current crisis. This has not only caused criticism in their own ranks, but apparently also among some voters.

Mona Neubaur (left), Robert Habeck

Have to listen to a lot of criticism from their own ranks these days.

(Photo: IMAGO/Jens Schicke)

Regarding criticism from his own party about the demolition of the village of Lützerath at the Garzweiler opencast mine, Neubaur said: “I don’t see it as being stabbed in the back. I don’t feel betrayed.” In a democratic party, you have to have discussions with one another, and that’s also a quality of the Greens.

>> Read here: “The right argument in the wrong place” – Lützerath puts the Greens in need of explanation

Most recently, the well-known environmental activist Greta Thunberg had criticized the Greens for their support for the demolition of Lützerath and the excavation of the coal lying under the village. Corporations like RWE should actually be held accountable for how they treat people. “The fact that the Greens make compromises with such companies shows where their priorities lie,” said the Swedish climate activist at a large protest event on Saturday in Lützerath’s neighboring town of Keyenberg.

For the “Bild am Sonntag” Insa asked 1,202 people in the period from January 9 to 13, 2023: “If there were federal elections next Sunday, how would you vote?” According to the institute, the error tolerance is a maximum of + /- 2.9 percentage points.

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