Berlin (dpa) – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the political protege of Angela Merkel, is currently the most popular pick to become the next German chancellor, according to a survey released on Monday. Some 28 per cent of Germans would pick Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), if they could vote directly for chancellor, found the poll by broadcasters RTL/n-tv. She is followed by Finance Minister Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats (SPD) with 24 per cent. Scholz’s popularity presents a dilemma for the centre-left SPD as the party’s leader, Andrea Nahles, proved far less popular, with just 9 per cent of the vote.
Sandwiched between the two SPD figures is the left-leaning Greens’ new leader, Robert Habeck, backed by 20 per cent. Manfred Guellner, from the polling group Forsa, which conducted the survey, suggested that the Greens have a chance to lead a coalition for the first time in Germany’s post-war history. If parliamentary elections were held today, the survey found Kramp-Karrenbauer’s CDU would garner 29 per cent, followed by the Greens with 19 per cent and the SPD with 16 per cent of the vote. The far-right Alternative for Germany, business-friendly Free Democrats and the Left Party are polling at 12, 10 and 8 per cent, respectively. The survey of 2,501 German citizens was conducted between April 8-12 by Forsa and has a statistical margin of error of 2.5 per cent.