Greens flying high in opinion surveys
Published: 20 Mar 2011 12:28 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Mar 2011 12:28 GMT+01:00
The Green party continues to gain popularity among voters in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan. The ecology party in Baden-Württemberg has surpassed the Social Democrats just before critical elections there.
Over the past week, the Greens have gained five percentage points and now have 25 percent support in Baden-Württemberg, according to a survey for Focus magazine published on Sunday.
The Social Democrats (SPD) lost two points and fell to 22 percent.
But an SPD-Green coalition would have 47 percent support, beating a possible governing partnership between the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Free Democrats (FDP) by three points.
Should an SPD-Green coalition win, and the Greens come out ahead of their Social Democratic partners, the wealthy region could see a Green party state premier.
In the neighbouring state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Greens have also been charging ahead. The same poll showed that support for the ecology party had jumped to 14 percent, four points ahead of where it was just one week ago.
The top Green party candidate there, Eveline Lemke, told Focus that the nuclear crisis in Japan was dominating final phase of the election campaign.
"Japan is the main topic at every event we have," she said.