The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is on course to secure 35 percent of the vote in next year’s state election in Saxony as the party stormed ahead of Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in recent polling.
The latest survey, commissioned by local newspapers and reported by Leipziger Volkszeitung, showed more than a third of Saxons plan to back the conservative party skeptical of mass immigration and Russian sanctions.
The party’s surge in popularity has been felt across the country but none more so than in eastern Germany, where the party is polling first in four of five states and was sitting at 32 percent according to a Forsa poll conducted in June.
In Saxony, the parties making up the liberal federal coalition garnered the support of just 18 percent of voters collectively, just half of the support for the AfD, while the incumbent CDU would attain 29 percent of the vote.
The polling evidences the mass dissatisfaction felt by ordinary Germans across both the state and beyond over the recent demise of the country, which has pushed forward with a policy of mass immigration, while its commitment to net zero green energy policies has seen energy prices skyrocket and businesses relocate.
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According to the Germany Trends polling conducted by the ARD broadcaster and Die Welt newspaper, 79 percent of Germans are “less or not at all satisfied” with the country’s current direction of travel under the current federal coalition, compared to just 19 percent who are “satisfied” and zero percent who are “very satisfied.”
This opens the door for protest votes, and nationally, the AfD is attracting 22 percent of the vote share, sitting comfortably above the governing SPD (16 percent), Green Party (14 percent), and FDP (6 percent). The AfD promises to be a thorn in the side of the leading CDU, which stands at 29 percent and whose leader Fredrich Merz recently backtracked on suggestions his party may work with the AfD at the municipal level following outrage from members of his own party.