Alice Weidel, chairwoman of the AfD parliamentary group, and Tino Chrupalla, chairman of the AfD parliamentary group, speak before the AfD parliamentary group meeting in the German Bundestag. © Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa
The opinion research institute sees the approval of the AfD as high as never before. The SPD and CDU/CSU are losing.
Update from June 3, 12:40 p.m.: According to a recent survey by the opinion research institute INSA, the AfD continues to gain support. At 19 percent, the party has now reached its highest level ever at INSA. This was reported by the Bild newspaper. Because the SPD loses one point in the Sunday trend, it is now on a par with the AfD with 19 percent.
The CDU, which had come under criticism because of the AfD's soaring, is deteriorating again. Currently, the Union only has 27 percent. The other traffic light parties, the FDP (9%) and the Greens (13%), are stagnating. Only the Left can improve its value, now coming to five points and would thus make the leap over the five percent hurdle.
Greens turn to Union because of AfD highs
Update from June 2, 17:14 p.m.: The Greens have invited the CDU and CSU to join them in opposing the AfD. The party's national secretary, Emily Büning, commented on the AfD's recent relatively good poll results with the words: "The current polls are a warning signal and a mandate for all democratic parties. We invite the Union to join us in fighting the enemies of democracy."
Regardless of party-political differences, however, the "democrats in government and opposition" are united by the desire for security, stability and good politics for the future of Germany. SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert has accused the AfD of unsettling the population against the backdrop of its high in the polls. "It stirs up fears and makes people believe that a good future is possible without any change," the politician said.
Survey sees AfD high – clap for Habeck and Co.
First report from 2 June, 06.40 a.m.: Berlin – The next poll sees high approval ratings for the AfD: In the new ARD "Germany trend" it drew level with the SPD. In the survey published by Infratest dimap on Thursday evening (1 June), both parties come to 18 percent and share second place in the electorate's favour. At the same time, satisfaction with the traffic light government fell to a low level.
The AfD's poll numbers have been rising for some time. In several other institutes, it was recently behind the SPD and the Greens by a very small margin.
AfD "not just a protest party"? Chrupalla claims "trend"
AfD leader Tino Chrupalla evaluated this as confirmation of his party's course and emphasized in particular a clear demarcation from the Greens. "Citizens see where the values-driven policies of the Greens are leading. Namely, to economic warfare, inflation and deindustrialization," he told the Funke newspapers. At the same time, Chrupalla emphasized that the AfD is "not a mere protest party" – rather, he sees a trend that "more and more citizens are voting for us out of conviction."
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In the "Deutschlandtrend", however, 67 percent of AfD supporters said they wanted to vote for the party out of disappointment with the other parties. Only 32 percent justified their tendency with conviction.
Poll: SPD and Greens lose, CDU/CSU further ahead
The AfD gained two percentage points in the poll compared to the beginning of May, while the SPD lost one percentage point. The CDU/CSU remains the clear strongest force with 29 percent (-1). The Greens lose one point and come to 15 percent, the weakest value since September 2021.
According to ARD, this is the best value for the AfD in the Sunday question in the "Germany trend". Only in September 2018 had the party reached this value. Two-thirds of AfD supporters cited immigration when asked about the three most important issues. For the survey, the Infratest dimap institute interviewed 1302 eligible voters on behalf of ARD on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
AfD-Hoch – CDU General Secretary calls for "self-critical" questions
CDU Secretary-General Mario Czaja has attributed the AfD's high in the polls to uncertainty caused by the policies of the traffic light coalition. "But of course we also have to ask ourselves self-critically why these disappointed people turn to the extreme fringes," the opposition politician told the Funke newspapers.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution had classified the AfD as a suspected right-wing extremist case in March 2021 - an assessment that was confirmed about a year later in the first instance by the Cologne Administrative Court. The party is defending itself against this legally. The proceedings at the Higher Administrative Court in Münster are still ongoing. (dpa/AFP/frs)