The Union is clearly gaining approval in the Corona crisis. In a Forsa survey for RTL / ntv, the value of the Union rose to 32 percent, three percentage points more than in the previous week. The Union parties have thus gained six percentage points over the past two weeks and almost their share of the vote Bundestag election 2017 reached.
The AfD loses two percentage points and slips to nine percent. This is the first time that the AfD has dropped below the ten percent mark nationwide since September 2017.
The Greens also lose two percentage points, the left loses one percentage point. SPD and FDP can each increase by one percentage point.
In the Corona crisis, citizens are increasingly worried that the economic situation in Germany will deteriorate. According to the survey, 62 percent of those questioned fear deterioration, which is twelve percentage points more than in the previous week. Such a pessimistic assessment was last measured in July 2008, during the banking and financial crisis. An unchanged 14 percent hope that the economic situation will improve, 21 percent (twelve percentage points less than in the previous week) expect the economic development to remain unchanged.
The corona virus is currently the most important topic for almost all Germans (94 percent). After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, this is the highest value ever measured on the subject radar. The supporters of most parties hardly differ in their judgment on COVID-19, with one exception: 61 percent of AfD supporters consider the corona crisis to be important.
If the Bundestag were elected now, the parties could expect the following result: CDU / CSU 32 percent (Bundestag election 32.9 percent), SPD 15 percent (20.5 percent), FDP seven percent (10.7 percent), Greens 20 percent (8.9 percent), Left Nine percent (9.2 percent), AfD nine percent ( 12.6 percent). Eight percent would choose one of the other parties (5.2 percent).
The number of non-voters and undecided increases by two percentage points to 24 percent (23.8 percent).
CSU wins more than the CDU
In the struggle to contain the corona virus, three Union politicians in particular are perceived as particularly strong leaders: apart from Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of Health Jens Spahn, this is above all Bavarias head of government Markus SOder. This is why the CSU’s growing sympathy is stronger than that of its sister party.
While the CDU in its electoral area (all federal states except Bavaria) comes to 30 percent and is still 1.8 percentage points below its election result in the 2017 federal election, the CSU in Bavaria can again pass the 40 percent mark. At 41 percent, Christian Socialists are 2.2 percentage points above their Bundestag election result.
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