In a survey by the Kantar / Emnid opinion research institute for the Funke media group (Saturday editions), 22 percent voted for Spahn, 19 percent for the economic politician Friedrich Merz, 17 percent for North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet and eight percent for the foreign policy specialist Norbert Röttgen. Eighteen percent said that they would not trust any of the four politicians offered for election, and another 18 percent did not want to commit themselves.
So far, Spahn has supported Laschet's application, but voices in the CDU are in favor of the health minister's candidacy. A different picture emerges on the question of the candidate for chancellor. 34 percent are most likely to trust Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder to become a good Federal Chancellor. This puts the CSU boss clearly ahead of Merz, who was only able to convince twelve percent of those surveyed as second.
Spahn (eight percent), Laschet (seven percent) and Röttgen (five percent) do even worse. 16 percent doubt that one of the five named Union politicians could become a successful successor to Angela Merkel, 17 percent made no decision. Söder's lead is even greater among the supporters of the CDU and CSU. 44 percent trust him to become a good chancellor.
19 percent opted for Merz, 13 percent for Spahn, twelve percent for Laschet and seven percent for Röttgen. On the question of who can become a good CDU boss, Merz is ahead among the Union's voters. 33 percent voted for the former chairman of the Union parliamentary group, 25 percent for Laschet. Spahn, who is ahead in the overall population, only comes third in the Union camp with 22 percent.
The last is Röttgen with nine percent. At 44 percent, confidence in Söder's ability to become a chancellor is as high in the Left Party camp as among Union supporters. Among the voters of the SPD and the Greens he comes to 36 percent, among AfD supporters to 30 percent. Only the majority of the voters of the FDP opt for Merz, who comes to 25 among the Liberals and is eight points ahead of Söder.
Söder is more likely to convince voters in the west than in the east of Germany (35 to 27 percent), with Merz it is the other way around (twelve to 16 percent). Merz is more popular with men (16 percent) than women (nine percent) - unlike Söder, who 32 percent of men and 35 percent of women can imagine as a good chancellor. Kantar / Emnid interviewed a total of 14 people for the survey on October 15th and 1.004th. The questions were: “Which of the following CDU politicians do you trust most likely to become a good CDU party chairman?” And “Which of the following CDU / CSU politicians do you trust most likely to become a good Federal Chancellor? "