Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is the most popular politician in Germany according to a recent survey. According to the representative survey by the Kantar opinion research institute for the newspaper “Bild am Sonntag”, 52 percent of Germans hope that Spahn will have “the greatest possible impact” in politics next year. This puts the minister one percentage point ahead of his party colleague, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was last year’s most popular politician.
Spahn is particularly popular with female voters: 66 percent of the women surveyed said that they would like the Minister of Health to have as much political influence as possible in 2021, compared with 38 percent for men. Last year, Spahn had a total of 28 percent in the popularity survey.
The Chancellor, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) also grew in popularity during the corona crisis. Merkel improved by eleven percentage points compared to the previous year, Söder even by 15 percentage points to 50 percent. The CSU boss ranks third in the ranking of the most popular German politicians. SPD chancellor candidate Scholz comes in fourth with 47 percent. AfD boss Jörg Meuthen, who only six percent of those questioned would like an important role in the coming year, remains at the bottom.
Times of crisis are times of government, said Kantar expert Torsten Schneider-Haase of “Bild am Sonntag”. The grand coalition will be rated significantly better this year than in previous years. “That reflects on the popularity ratings of the Chancellor and her ministers.”
On December 18, Kantar interviewed 505 representatively selected people. The question was asked: “Which of the following politicians would you like to have the greatest possible impact in German politics in the coming year 2021?” A total of 18 politicians were surveyed.