Conservatives come to the rescue of Laschet, sunk in the polls, with a team of technocrats who will support him in the campaign
. Harassed by the black omens of the electoral polls and the threat of losing power at the end of the Angela Merkel era, the German conservatives launched a counterattack yesterday to regain popularity with the visit of the Federal Chancellor to the region worst hit by the floods. and floods that caused more than 200 deaths in Germany in mid-July and the presentation of the so-called ‘team for the future’ that will support its candidate, Armin Laschet, in the last three weeks of the campaign.
Four men and four women from the Christian Democratic and Social Christian technocracy (CDU / CSU) with the mission of relaunching the image of the prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and recovering the up to five points that distance the conservatives from their social democratic rivals (SPD) . The four polls published this week coincide in announcing a collapse of the conservative vote and the unstoppable rise of the Social Democrats, who are once again the leading political force in this country for the first time since 2002, almost 20 years ago.
The poll by the ‘Politbarometer’, the political barometer of the public television channel ZDF, published yesterday, gives the SPD 25% of the vote and the CDU / CSU 22%. The Greens would get 17%, the populists of Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the Liberals (FDP) 11% respectively, and The Left would stay at 7%. A day before, the Infratest-Dimap institute presented in a poll commissioned by the first ARD network figures that are very similar, but even more unfavorable for the conservatives, since it pointed out that the SPD would obtain 25% of the votes, the Union parties 20%. The Greens 16%, the Liberals 13%, AfD 12% and The Left 6%.
But more devastating were the responses of those consulted in this latest survey when assessing the candidates. A clear majority of 55% considers that the architect of the resurrection of the SPD and Social Democratic candidate, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, is the most competent to assume the leadership of the German Government. Only 14% think the same of Laschet.
Thus, and after verifying that the conservative candidate to succeed Merkel has made his formation lose more than ten points of voting intention in just a few months, Bavarian Christian Democrats and Social Christians have made their best men and women available to Laschet, They also represent their different tendencies, from the Christian and social wing, to the liberal and the most conservative.
“Comfort and attention”
Meanwhile, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel was visiting the Ahr Valley for the second time since the natural catastrophe, the river whose historic overflow took the lives of 133 people on the night of July 14 to 15, when it devastated, converted in a river tsunami, several locations in succession.
The polls reaffirm the Social Democratic leadership in voting intention against the CDU / CSU
The head of the Government came to offer the victims “comfort and attention”, according to the Prime Minister of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Social Democrat Malu Dreyer, who assured that the reconstruction work in the region is progressing, although it will take “weeks , months and perhaps years ”to complete them in view of the damage caused by the flood, which in some localities destroyed more than 80% of the buildings. “We are not going to forget them,” Merkel said.