Status: 27/09/2023, 13:16 p.m.
By: Christoph Gschoßmann
Hubert Aiwanger puts his foot in his mouth again. Before the Bavarian election, he shares fictitious polls from a fake news portal. The FDP criticizes him sharply.
Munich – The state elections in Bavaria are imminent: On October 8, people in Bavaria will go to the polls. Despite his leaflet scandal, Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger and his Free Voters are currently enjoying high poll ratings. The affair surrounding the anti-Semitic pamphlet seems to roll off the party leader, who makes a pilgrimage from beer tent to beer tent. Aiwanger also seems confident about the upcoming Bundestag election, but he apparently does not take it too seriously when looking for sources. He shared a "poll" on the Twitter account of PrognosPolls, in which the Free Voters would come to five percent nationwide. But such a survey probably never existed.
Fake news about the Bavarian election: Aiwanger shares fake poll – and reaps criticism
"From 2025 a coalition of CDU/CSU, FDP, Free Voters. Greens out of government. Then things will look up again with Germany," writes Aiwanger. Criticism comes immediately from Martin Hagen, the Bavarian state chairman of the Liberals. "You're sharing fake polls again, Hubert," writes the FDP man: "The Twitter profile @PrognosUmfragen has nothing to do with the research institute of the same name, it spreads invented figures," he clarifies further.
X, formerly of Twitter, also warns against the account: "'Prognos Polls' is not a serious polling company. To be precise, no company exists under this name," X clarifies in his warning notice.
Fabian Mehring also falls for the fake survey
The parliamentary secretary of the Free Voters, Fabian Mehring, is also on the glue of the "survey". "For the first time, a poll sees us Free Voters in the next Bundestag. Good development to enable bourgeois-liberal majorities in Berlin again in the medium term," he writes.
Max Geisenhofer, a member of the Green Party in the state parliament, dismisses Mehring: "As a doctor of political science, you knowingly share completely dubious surveys from an 'institute' without an imprint. How low do you want to sink in this election campaign?"
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Voters in Bavaria do not seem to be influenced by the missteps of the Free Voters. According to an actual GMS poll commissioned by Sat.1 and Antenne Bayern on September 19, the Aiwanger party is in 17nd place at 36 percent behind the CSU (2 percent), followed by the AfD (14 percent), the Greens (14 percent), the SPD (9 percent) and the FDP (3 percent). Nationwide, the Free Voters are at three percent in current polls (INSA of September 26). (cgsc)