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Greens slump again in opinion poll

The Local · 23 Feb 2011, 08:09

Published: 23 Feb 2011 08:09 GMT+01:00

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The new poll, carried out by the Forsa polling group and commissioned by Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL, showed that the Greens were continuing their recent downward trajectory.

For the third time in a row, the party lost a percentage point, coming in at 18 percent. It is the lowest approval rating for the Greens since the beginning of last August.

The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) climbed one point to 23 percent, while the conservative Union parties, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU), enjoyed an approval rating of 36 percent. The Free Democrats (FDP) came in at 5 percent.

Last autumn, the Greens saw their popularity soar. Buoyed by public anger over Chancellor Angela Merkel's nuclear policies, it appeared the Greens were ready to make a big splash in state elections in 2011. At one point, the Greens had as much support at the SPD, with which it formed a federal coalition government from 1998 to 2005.

But in the recent elections in the city-state of Hamburg, the SPD won an absolute majority. Some political commentators have said part of the reason was that voters did not want to see the SPD have to enter into a coalition with the Greens.

The elections in Hamburg were called when a coalition between the CDU and the environmentalist Greens collapsed in disarray.

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09:35 February 23, 2011 by pepsionice
The brief bit of surge...came mostly because of Germans upset with the SPD and nothing else. So the Greens will spiral back to the normal six percent of the vote that they typically get in a national election.

As for advice for the Greens....you might want to moderate your theme and find more common ground with regular Germans.
15:25 February 23, 2011 by Joshontour
The Green party is a bit to radical for the majority of voters. Most people realize "green is the new red" has a bit of truth to it. For environmentally conscience voters, the ödp is a much better party, with much more moderate social and economic positions. On top of that, I don't think anybody wants to look at Renate Künast's face anymore.
17:13 February 23, 2011 by CareyCampbell
The Green Party INCREASED it's per cent of the vote from 9 to 11 in Hamburg on Sunday. Thanks to legislation the Green Party passed, votes were counted by hand. This is important. We have seen too many election computers hacked. The Green Party hand counting of votes is a victory for every voter.

The Green Party's central message of Green Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! in solar, wind, and geo thermal energy is a winner.

18% in nationwide polls is still a strong performance by the Green Party. The next big ballot box test for the Green Party in Germany are state elections March 20, 2011 in Sachsen Anhalt. The Green Party has a strong leading candidate in Dr. http://www.claudia-dalbert.de/

The Green Party is not now in the State Legislature in Sachsen Anhalt. If the Green Party get's 5 per cent and get's in the state legislature, that's a major victory for the Greens.

20:05 February 23, 2011 by lordkorner
I thought people dyed their hair for improvement.
23:12 February 24, 2011 by Bishopbayern
old trot rubbish. People have seen through this lefty mob. good bye to old trash.
09:41 February 25, 2011 by JDee
articles like this are a propaganda, elections are emotional issues and nobody likes to back a loser, hence they try to create the impression that the greens are weak, in fact they are stronger than ever here in Stuttgart. I just hope that people think about sustainability, future energy security and the damage we are causing to the planet. Do you vote with conscious or in your own short-term selfish interests?
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