Shortly before the change in the upper part of the CDU, the Union increased significantly in the electorate. In the new German ARD tendency, the Union of CDU and CSU earns four percentage points and reaches 30 percent. The greens lost three points compared to the last survey in mid-November and landed at 20 percent. SPD and AfD remain stable at 14 percent each. The FDP (unchanged) and the left (minus 1) reach 8 percent each. For the Sunday question on behalf of ARD "Tagesthemen", Infapesta Dimap interviewed 1502 voters from Monday to Wednesday this week.
Secretary-General Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer continues to be the favorite of the CDU supporters in the race for the succession of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the direction of the CDU, which will be decided on Friday for a party congress in Hamburg. Forty-seven percent believe that Kramp-Karrenbauer should become the new president of the CDU (up to one percentage point over the previous month). 37 percent claim the former union leader, Friedrich Merz (plus 6), 12 percent are in favor of Spahn (no change).
In recent days, several senior politicians of the CDU have been known by one or both of the candidates. Thus, for example, the prime minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, behind Kramp-Karrenbauer, while Bundestag's president, Wolfgang Schäuble, spoke for Merz.
For all eligible voters, preferences are similar to those of the CDU followers: as in the previous month, 45% of respondents in the current German trend are in favor of Kramp-Karrenbauer, 30% for Merz and 10% for Spahn.
Merkel will deliver the presidency of the CDU, but remains as chancellor. Most Germans also want that: At present, 57 percent of respondents say that Merkel should remain in office for the full three years until the next federal election. That is a percentage point more than in November. 39 percent, however, believe that Merkel must jump before as Chancellor (minus 2).
Eckart Lohse, Hamburg
Reinhard Bingener, Eckart Lohse and Reiner Burger
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