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Is Sahra Wagenknecht fit to govern? Majority of East Germans say yes

Is Sahra Wagenknecht fit to govern? Majority of East Germans say yes
Is Sahra Wagenknecht fit to govern? Majority of East Germans say yes

The Sahra Wagenknecht alliance has so far been considered a purely protest party. However, the BSW could soon be part of the government in Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg. 55 percent of East Germans believe the new party can do this.

According to polls, the Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance (BSW) has a good chance of entering the state parliaments with double-digit results in the state elections in Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg in September. Since the other parties are ruling out coalitions with the AfD and forming a government is likely to be difficult, the BSW is coming into focus as a possible coalition partner.

A Forsa survey for Stern magazine found that 55 percent of East Germans believe that the new party can contribute to solving the problems of the states in government. 36 percent do not see it that way, and nine percent have no opinion. The situation is completely different in West Germany: only 37 percent believe that the BSW is capable of governing East Germany, 54 percent doubt this, and twelve percent have no opinion.

Her voters are convinced of the competence of Sahra Wagenknecht’s party

Looking at Germany as a whole, the following values ​​emerge: 37 percent see the participation of Wagenknecht’s party in government as positive, 52 percent negative, and eleven percent have no opinion. However, the answers differ significantly depending on party preference: 95 percent of BSW supporters believe the party is capable of governing, while 65 percent of AfD supporters do. Skepticism prevails among voters of other parties: for example, among supporters of the SPD (69 percent), the Greens (69 percent), the Union (60 percent) and the FDP (57 percent). It is nevertheless remarkable that 32 percent of CDU/CSU voters trust Sahra Wagenknecht’s party to find solutions.

Above all, the CDU’s top candidate in Thuringia, Mario Voigt, had recently not ruled out a collaboration with the BSW. Party leader Friedrich Merz had relativized his rejection of the Wagenknecht alliance and only referred to the federal level. Wagenknecht himself had recently emphasized that the party had good personalities who could take on tasks in a state government and referred to the experience of the Thuringian BSW top candidate Katja Wolf, the former mayor of Eisenach. The results of the star-Surveys now indicate that voters are not only voting for Wagenknecht out of pure protest, but also expect to be part of the government.

The data was collected by the market and opinion research institute forsa for the star and RTL Deutschland on June 20 and 21, 2024 by telephone. Data basis: 1006 respondents. This makes the survey representative. Statistical error tolerance: +/- 3 percentage points

Source: Stern

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