Poll: Most Germans Don’t Want Laschet as Chancellor
Many Germans do not see in Armin Laschet the new Chancellor of Germany. 71 percent disagree with his claim to the position, according to a representative poll conducted by the German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine.
Laschet’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc suffered a historic defeat in Sunday’s elections. The Christian Democrats only managed to get 24.1 percent of voters behind them, less than Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats (SPD). The SPD is the largest party in Germany, with 25.7 percent of the vote.
Despite the disappointing results, Laschet wants to form a government, just like Scholz. The Augsburger Allgemeine reports that only 22 percent of Germans support him in this. Among CDU/CSU supporters, 55 percent support Laschet in his bid to replace outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, while 32 percent believe he should not lead the new government.
Scholz wants to enter into talks this week with climate party De Groenen and the liberal FDP. These parties managed to obtain 14.8 and 11.5 percent of the vote, respectively, in the elections. They will first negotiate with each other before entering into talks with the SPD or CDU/CSU. These are also the parties with whom Laschet wants to form a government.
Merkel will remain as chancellor for the time being while negotiations for a new coalition take place. The CDU’er has been leading Germany for sixteen years.