Munich / Berlin (dpa) – Five months before the federal elections, the Union has lost a lot of voter favor, according to a new poll, and was ousted from the top spot by the Greens.
In the “Sunday trend” of the Kantar opinion research institute on behalf of “Bild am Sonntag”, the Greens reach 28 percent, the Union only 27 percent. CSU chief Markus Söder, who lost the power struggle for the candidacy for chancellor against CDU chairman Armin Laschet, raised the bar significantly for Union. “It must be a result that is more than 30 percent – closer to 35 percent,” said the Bavarian prime minister of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (Saturday). Laschet told the same newspaper (Monday) that the Union’s first election goal should be to remain “the strongest force”. In the 2017 elections, the sister parties together had achieved 32.9 percent.
In the Kantar survey, the Union lost two percentage points from the week before. The Greens, whose national administration has nominated party leader Annalena Baerbock as chancellor, got six percentage points. The SPD lost two points and dropped to 13 percent. Even if the Chancellor were directly elected, Baerbock would have good cards, as an Insa poll for “Bild am Sonntag” revealed. According to this, 30 percent would vote directly for Baerbock, SPD Chancellor Olaf Scholz would get 20 percent and Laschet 18 percent.
Laschet accused the Greens in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” of “offering little in terms of content”. “Your program is not good”, the Union will emphasize in the election campaign. He said of the top candidate Annalena Baerbock: “She talks, I act.” The Greens didn’t have to prove anything for 16 years. The NRW prime minister, on the other hand, described the FDP as a “good partner with whom to help the state move forward”.
Laschet announced that economic policy would be central to the decision. It’s about the detoxification of bureaucracy, a service-oriented state and digitization. “We need a new start-up era.” Söder warned, “Some want to go back to the time before Angela Merkel. We don’t want that. We need a new beginning and a modern Union. “
Söder also made the CDU chief responsible for a good election result for the Union: “We will do everything we can for a good Bavarian result, but of course the core responsibility always lies with the candidate for chancellor, also for the result in Bavaria. Because candidates pull the parties today and not the other way around. “Out of responsibility for the Union, he himself accepted the vote of the CDU federal executive committee for Laschet. He was” more at peace with the outcome than parts of the CDU base. ” in the hands of the CDU, which also takes responsibility for the procedure and the outcome. “
According to Söder, the Union is “in a serious emergency”. “Five months before the election, the CDU is in a low poll, there are still problems with Corona and after 16 years you are already seeing signs of fatigue across the Union,” he told the Nürnberger Nachrichten (Saturday). In addition, there is an unresolved strategic question of how much modernity or how much tradition the Union should show.
The CSU boss also warned the CDU that surveys should not be ignored. In any case, after his life experience, surveys showed tendencies. “You have to pay attention to that. The trend is your friend. And the trend now is as follows: the high corona progress has been used up. And there are many who think it could work without the Union after 16 years. Anyone who underestimates all this is acting unwise. In the power struggle with Laschet, supporters of Söders had repeatedly cited his opinion polls, which were better than those of the CDU leader.
In the Nürnberger Nachrichten, Söder described the fact that he would try again in four years for the Union’s candidacy for chancellor “extremely unlikely”. “Because either Armin Laschet will rule for the next term, or we will experience a very long tenure for a young Chancellor,” added the Bavarian Prime Minister. The CSU boss also made it clear that he would like to continue to be heard: “You must also take me into account in the future. In Bavaria as prime minister and in Berlin as party chairman. “