Approval for the policy of the traffic light government is dwindling. But the majority of Germans would not expect better policies from the Union either. Few want an opposition that attacks hard.
Even if many citizens are not satisfied with the way the current federal government is dealing with the energy crisis and the relief for households and the economy, only 21 percent believe that a federal government led by the CDU/CSU could handle the current crises rather than the traffic light coalition. On the other hand, 73 percent assume that a federal government led by the Union would not be able to cope with the current crises any better than the current government.
Less than half (45 percent) of the supporters of the Union parties would also expect that a government led by "their" parties would be better able to cope with the current crises.
Only a minority of Germans (25 percent) believe that a possible chancellor, Friedrich Merz, would lead the country better than incumbent Olaf Scholz. 67 percent believe that Merz would lead the country just as well or badly (38 percent) or even worse (29 percent) as Scholz. The supporters of the FDP (54 percent) and the AfD (56 percent) most often believe that Merz would lead the country better than Scholz. Less than half (44 percent) of the supporters of the Union parties believe that.
Only a small minority of Germans (13 percent) find it more correct for the CDU/CSU opposition in the Bundestag to attack the federal government and clearly distance itself from the government. A large majority of 83 percent, on the other hand, thinks it is more correct for the CDU/CSU opposition to try to find solutions to the current crises together with the government. Almost half of the supporters of the AfD, at 47 percent, are in favor of a clear demarcation of the largest opposition faction from the government.
The data was collected by the market and opinion research institute Forsa on behalf of RTL Germany on September 16 and 19, 2022. Database: 1004 respondents. Statistical error tolerance: /- 3 percentage points.
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