German Greens lead new opinion poll five months before election

If elections for Germany's federal parliament were held today, the Greens could enter the legislature as the strongest force, according to a new opinion poll released on Thursday, dpa reported.

The opposition party has seen support steadily grow in recent years, but their popularity has swelled in the wake of the choice of Annalena Baerbock as their chancellor candidate for September's election.

The Greens have 26% of the vote, followed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative bloc at 23%, according to the survey by Infratest dimap for public broadcaster ARD.

The conservatives saw support fall as Germans became increasingly frustrated with pandemic setbacks and the country's sluggish vaccine roll-out. A bruising internal power struggle over who would become the CDU/CSU's chancellor candidate added to the negative headlines.

The centre-left Social Democrats continued their slide, losing 2 percentage points to 14%, just slightly ahead of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) at 12%.

The poll was taken between 3 and 5 May and involved 1,351 eligible voters.

If Germans could directly elect their head of government, Green Party candidate Baerbock would get the most votes, according to another survey question asked by ARD. With 28% of the vote, the Green Party leader is ahead of the CDU/CSU candidate Armin Laschet and SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz. The two men each stand at 21%. Just under a third of the participants (30%) were unsure or gave no indication.

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