Voters in Saxony-Anhalt voted today in the last German opinion poll before the parliamentary elections in September, which may dampen the hope of conservative Armin Raschelt to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Opinion polls show that the CDU (CDU) and Merkel (Merkel) have a slight advantage, but the far-right German Choice Party (AfD) is only one percentage point behind in the poll released on Friday.
Although most public opinion polls have given the CDU a pleasant advantage, the victory of AfD could be a potentially powerful blow to the hopes of the centrist Rushett.
Merkel, who has been in power since 2005, will step down after the federal election. Senior CDU officials admitted that after 16 years in power, the party’s voter appeal will be difficult to maintain.
The national opinion survey shows that the Green Party is almost linked to the CDU, and both sides hold about a quarter of the vote.
AfD usually performs better in the former communist east, where the economy is weaker than in the west. The AfD forces in Saxony-Anhalt have focused their discussions on the relationship between the CDU and the political right.