The rating of the German right-wing party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) for the first time reached a historical maximum of 17%, according to the public opinion poll results published on July 8 by the German Bild newspaper.
German Institute for Public Opinion Emnid conducted a sociological survey between June 28 and July 4 on the attitude of Germans towards the political parties of Germany. The survey involved 1894 respondents.
According to the results of the survey, 17% of Germany’s population support the right-wing AfD party. The same number of Germans (17%) voted for the Social Democrats (SPD), which are a part of the ruling coalition. At the same time Merkel’s party is supported by less than a third of the respondents: only 30%. 9% of the population spoke in favor of the German Left. The liberal party FDP holds the same popularity (9%). 12% of Germans support the German Greens.
AfD’s 17-percent support rating is the highest in the whole history of this party, which was established in 2013.
The rapid growth of the right-wing AfD’s popularity began with the onset of the migration crisis in Europe, which resulted in several millions of refugees arriving in Germany in a few years.
The far-right wing has a significant influence in the AfD party. This way, the deputy chairman of the party Alexander Gauland stated that “Germans have the right to be proud of the German soldiers’ actions in the First and Second World Wars …”
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency