Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) suffered a setback in the regional elections this Sunday. According to surveys, there were record lows in the regions of Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg.
The results, which are interpreted in a national key as a referendum on the management of the coronavirus of the grand coalition government between the CDU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), also predict a consolidation of the Greens as the first force in Baden-Württemberg and India to maintain the SPD in Rhineland-Palatinate.
This is the first date in a series of regional elections up to and including the federal elections in September, which are marked by Merkel’s absence as a candidate for the first time since 2005. “We would have liked a better result,” said CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak.
The survey by the public broadcaster ARD shows that the Greens are in Baden-Württemberg with 31 percent support (0.7 percent more than in the 2017 elections), followed by the CDU (23 percent and 4 points less), the SPD ( 12 percent, -0.7 percent) and the right-wing extremist alternative for Germany (AfD, 11.5 percent, 3.6 points less). The Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) would be tied to the AfD on a percentage basis (3.2 points more).
In Rhineland-Palatinate, the SPD remains the leading political force (34.5 percent, 1.7 points less than four years ago), ahead of the CDU (26 percent, -5.8) and the AfD (10, 5, -2 , 1), the FDP (6.5, +0.3) and Los Verdes (8.5, +3.2). Free voters join the regional parliament, a center formation that added 5.5 percent of the vote.
According to the survey carried out by Infratest-Dimap for ARD, the left is left out in both regional parliaments with support of 3.5 and 2.5 percent, far from the minimum of 5 percent for representation.
In Baden-Württemberg, the 72-year-old regional premier Winfried Kretschmann, who took office ten years ago after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, will retain power. In Rhineland-Palatinate, it will be the social democrat Malu Dreyer who will keep the SPD, which it has held for three decades, in power.
Experts definitely advise caution as the large number of votes received by email due to the coronavirus makes the exit polls invalid. It is estimated that every fifth vote will be postal votes.