According to a survey, 35 percent of Union supporters are for CDU leader Merz and 31 percent for Bavaria’s Prime Minister Söder. In favor of the general population, the CSU leader is just ahead.

In the favor of the Union supporters, the CDU chairman Friedrich Merz has only a narrow lead over the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder on the question of a possible candidate for chancellor. According to a representative survey by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”, 35 percent of Union voters want Merz as the next candidate for chancellor, 31 percent vote for CSU boss Söder. North Rhine-Westphalia’s CDU Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst comes to eleven percent and his Schleswig-Holstein colleague Daniel Günther to eight percent. 15 percent do not want to commit themselves to any of the four top politicians in the Union.

In the eyes of the general population, on the other hand, Söder leads just ahead of Merz. 17 percent of Germans want the Bavarian Prime Minister as Union Chancellor candidate 15 percent Merz, who is just ahead of Schleswig-Holstein’s CDU Prime Minister Daniel Günther, while North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Wüst comes to eight percent. The largest number of 47 percent does not support any of the four Union politicians.

According to the survey, Söder scores better than Merz among supporters of the Greens, SPD and AfD, while the CDU leader scores significantly more among FDP clients. The most popular in the SPD camp with 20 percent and the Greens with 23 is the Kiel CDU Prime Minister Günther.