Falling approval for SPD and Scholz


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Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has recorded a slight drop in personal popularity. © Michael Kappeler/dpa

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the traffic light have taken over the business of government, but popularity is waning. In a survey, the SPD even slipped to second place among the parties.

Berlin – Almost two months after the start of the traffic light government, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s SPD has noticeably lost approval in polls.

Although the SPD, Greens and FDP still have a clear majority, the Social Democrats only have 24 percent in the new ZDF “Politbarometer” published on Friday. That is three percentage points less than two weeks ago. Scholz also has to accept significant losses when assessing sympathy and performance.

If there were a general election next Sunday, the CDU/CSU could count on 23 percent (plus 1 percentage point) according to the “Politbarometer”. The Greens would have 18 percent (plus 2), the FDP 10 percent (minus 1). According to the “Politbarometer”, the AfD remains unchanged at 10 percent, the left reaches 7 percent (plus 1).

In a YouGov survey, the Union has even just overtaken the SPD for the first time since the end of July 2021. In this poll, 26 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for the CDU/CSU if there were federal elections on Sunday. Only 23 percent would opt for the SPD. The Greens come here to 15 percent, the FDP drops to 8 percent. It is thus on a par with the left (6). The AfD reaches 12 percent.

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) continues to lead the list of the top ten in the ZDF “Politbarometer”. In the assessment of likeability and performance (“What do you think of?”), she takes first place with an average value of 2.4 (mid-January: 2.5). Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), who is again in the top echelon, follows in second place with a value of 1.4. There he is now level with Scholz, who got 1.9 in the previous survey.

The respondents themselves determine who is among the top ten politicians and who is therefore presented for evaluation on a scale from +5 to -5. dpa


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