D.he Union continues to lose approval, according to a survey by the polling institute Insa. The CDU / CSU are therefore 26 percent, one percentage point less than a week earlier, as the survey on behalf of “Bild am Sonntag” revealed. The SPD has increased by one point to 18 percent and is on par with the Greens, who hold the value of the previous week. The FDP loses one point to 12 percent. The AfD remains at 11 percent, the left gains one point to 7 percent. The election is on September 26th.
Among the chancellor candidates, SPD applicant Olaf Scholz is now far ahead in terms of popularity. If this were possible, the finance minister would vote 27 percent as chancellor in a direct election (+5). 14 percent (+1) would decide for the CDU chairman Armin Laschet. Green candidate Annalena Baerbock would get 13 percent as in the previous week. However, 36 percent stated that they did not want to vote for any of these three in a direct election. Chancellors are not directly elected in Germany.
“Nervous and exaggerated criticism of Laschet”
In view of the falling polls, several CDU politicians warned their party friends not to jeopardize the Union’s electoral chances by criticizing party leader Laschet. “The nervous and exaggerated criticism from within our own ranks of our CDU candidate for chancellor is neither helpful nor constructive,” said the Lower Saxony CDU state chairman Bernd Althusmann of the newspaper Tagesspiegel.
The Rhineland-Palatinate CDU parliamentary group leader Christian Baldauf also warned: “Anyone who publicly criticizes the Chancellor candidate in this way is putting the Union’s election victory at risk. We can only win with unity. “The Hessian CDU member of the Bundestag Hans-Jürgen Irmer said:” The dismantling of Armin Laschet does not get us any further, it can cost us victory. “