A survey sees Chancellor Scholz's SPD on the upswing, but the gap to the Greens and the Union remains huge. Voter approval for the AfD continues to go down. FDP and left are stagnating.
The Union remains clearly ahead in the electoral favour. In the new ARD "Germany trend", the CDU and CSU come to 28 percent, as the WDR announced in the evening. The Greens remain in second place with 23 percent. In both cases there was no change compared to the previous survey at the beginning of August.
According to the "Germany trend", most consumers in Germany react to the rising prices with restrictions in consumer behavior. 70 percent of those surveyed stated that they used less energy. In April it was still 64 percent. Around half of those surveyed buy less and save on leisure activities.
The price increases hit households with low incomes in particular: around two-thirds of those surveyed in this income group (household income of up to 1,500 euros per month) stated that they shop less. In addition, leisure activities such as going to restaurants and cinemas would be restricted. Only about half of those surveyed with middle incomes (household income 1,500 to 3,500 euros per month) do this. When it comes to energy consumption, on the other hand, there are no major differences between the income groups.
The Germany trend is a random-based telephone and online survey by Infratest dimap on behalf of the ARD morning magazine. A total of 1,273 eligible voters in Germany were surveyed from August 16 to 17, 2022. - Missing values for 100 percent mean "don't know" / "no answer". The error tolerance is between two (with a share value of 10 percent) and three (with a share value of 50 percent) percentage points.