VOn the possible chancellor candidates of the Union, CSU leader Markus Söder has by far the greatest support among the population. According to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 27 percent of those questioned would like the Bavarian Prime Minister to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) in the next federal election.
Far behind, the former Bundestag parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz with 12 and the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet with 8 percent. Health Minister Jens Spahn has 7 percent and foreign politician Norbert Röttgen only 3 percent. 43 percent of the respondents did not provide any information.
Söder: “My place remains in Bavaria”
Before the start of the corona crisis in Germany at the end of February, things had looked very different. At that time Merz was still number one with 18 percent approval, ahead of Söder with 12 and Röttgen with 11 percent. Laschet followed with 9 and Spahn with 7 percent. Unlike Söder, the Minister of Health was obviously unable to benefit from his crisis management in the corona crisis. The biggest loser is Röttgen, who has hardly appeared since the outbreak of the crisis.
Söder has stated on several occasions that he is not aiming to become chancellor. “The question of how things will go next year doesn’t matter at all. We also have a strong chancellor who supports Bavaria very much. My place is and will remain in Bavaria, ”he said in an interview published by the German Press Agency on Thursday. “I am not currently evaluating posture and style issues or reading surveys. The only values that interest me are the new infection numbers every day. ”