Union has achieved the highest approval ratings in a survey for almost two years – FDP loses, traffic lights without a majority

Kai Wegner, top candidate of the Berlin CDU (left), and CDU national chairman Friedrich Merz

After the electoral success in Berlin, approval for the CDU is also increasing nationwide.

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Berlin A week after the parliamentary elections in Berlin, the Union has also reached its highest level in nationwide polls for almost two years. In the Sunday trend, which the opinion research institute Insa collects weekly for the “Bild am Sonntag”, the CDU and CSU achieve 29 percent and thus one percentage point more than in the previous week. The Union last reached this value in April 2021.

The SPD can also gain a point and now has 21 percent. The FDP loses a point and comes to seven percent. The Greens remain at 16 percent and the AfD is also able to maintain its 16 percent from the previous week when it was open to the ruling party.

With these values, the governing coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP would no longer achieve a majority in the Bundestag. The traffic light parties come together to only 44 percent. In the 2021 federal election, they were able to unite 52 percent of the votes.

Five percent (+/-0) would vote for the left. Other parties could collect six percent of the votes (-1).

The survey thus confirms the trend that the latest “Politbarometer” survey by ZDF and the ARD “Germany trend” published on Thursday also identified on Friday. The monthly survey also puts the Union in first place with a clear margin of 30 percent.

More than half of Germans are satisfied with the work of the federal government

The CDU/CSU were the only ones able to improve by several percentage points (plus three) compared to the January “political barometer”. It is followed by the SPD with 20 percent, just ahead of the Greens with 19 percent.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens), Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP, from right)

Without a majority of votes in current polls – and yet more than half of Germans are satisfied with their work.

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The FDP, on the other hand, only gets five percent in this survey and, if elected, would have to worry about entering the Bundestag. The situation is similar for the left, which is also here – as in the “Sunday trend” – at five percent. The AfD, on the other hand, achieved 14 percent in the ZDF survey, two points less than in the Insa survey.

Nevertheless, according to the “Politbarometer”, slightly more than half (53 percent) of those surveyed are rather satisfied with the work of the federal government. 41 percent of the participants rate the work of the government rather poorly.

The ARD “Deutschlandtrend” published on Thursday came to similar conclusions. Here, too, the CDU and CSU are well ahead of the other parties with a combined 29 percent, the traffic light parties have a total of 42 percent (SPD 19 percent, Greens 17 percent and FDP six percent). The AfD reached 15 percent, the left five percent.

Shooting star Boris Pistorius

Boris Pistorius is proving to be a support for the SPD these days: Less than a month after taking office as Defense Minister, the 62-year-old SPD politician, as a newcomer, took the top spot in the ZDF Politbarometer in the evaluation of the ten most important politicians according to sympathy and Perfomance. Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) follow at a great distance in second and third place. Pistorius took over the post on January 19 from Christine Lambrecht (SPD), who had been criticized for months and had resigned.

Boris Pistorius visiting the Bundeswehr’s 203rd tank battalion

High popularity among the population.

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In the political ranking list, Pistorius leads with an approval rating of 1.6 points, ahead of Habeck (0.9) and Scholz (0.7). While Scholz was able to improve by a tenth of a point, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) lost two tenths of a point to 0.6 points compared to the previous survey.

Behind her in fifth place is Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) with 0.1 points. CSU boss Markus Söder (minus 0.1) and CDU boss Friedrich Merz (minus 0.2) follow.

Behind them with minus 0.3 points is the Federal Minister of Finance and FDP leader Christian Lindner, who lost three tenths of a point. At the bottom are left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht (minus 0.8) and AfD co-group leader Alice Weidel (minus 2.7).

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