Germany’s SPD rises after Hamburg election; Greens narrow gap at top

Germany’s centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) seems to have benefited at a national level from its comparatively good showing in last weekend’s regional election in Hamburg.

In several polls, the SPD vote rose to 16 per cent, a rise of two percentage points in the RTL/ntv trend barometer conducted by the Forsa Institute, or one point in the Kantar Institute poll conducted for the Sunday edition of the mass-circulation Bild newspaper.

The business-friendly FDP – which flunked out of the Hamburg parliament most likely in reaction to the political scandal in Thuringia, where its candidate for state premier was elected with votes from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) – dropped by one or two points to 5-6 per cent, its weakest value in Forsa in almost three years.

Forsa’s poll saw unchanged vales for the conservative bloc CDU/CSU, at 27 per cent, and for the Greens, at 24 per cent.

At the Kantar Institute, which began collecting data shortly before the Hamburg election, the Greens closed the gap on the conservatives, where they rose two points to 22 per cent, while the CDU/CSU dropped by two points to 25 per cent.

The CDU/CSU is polling well below the support it had at the last election in 2017, when it garnered 32.9-per-cent support.

The hard-left Die Linke (The Left) and the AfD remained unchanged at both institutes.

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