For the third time in a month, support for the right-wing anti-globalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has soared to a new record high, with the latest polling data revealing that if parliamentary elections were held this weekend, the party would garner 23% of the national vote, placing it just 3 points behind the CDU/CSU.
The opinion survey, this time carried out by the Institute for New Social Answers (INSA) on behalf of BILD, revealed that the establishment Union—comprising the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its regional sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria—would together collect the most votes nationwide, at 26%.
Published Monday, July 31st, this latest poll is the third in a month where the AfD party has witnessed its support level climb to a new all-time high, a trend that has Germany’s liberal establishment spooked.
Support for the AfD climbed to a record high of 21% in another INSA poll for BILD published on July 3rd. Roughly a week later, in a poll published on July 12th, the figure jumped another percentage point, breaking the record and bringing the AfD just four percentage points behind the Union.
Only three points behind the Union today, if it continues to increase its support by three percentage points each month, it’s conceivable that the AfD could be Germany’s most popular party by the beginning of September.
Meanwhile, the latest poll has shown that support for the ruling left-liberal ‘traffic light’ coalition has remained relatively static, fluctuating between 39% and 41%, down considerably from the 55% collectively garnered by the coalition in Germany’s national parliamentary election in September of 2021.
The AfD’s electoral ascent has continued despite the mainstream press’s relentless smear campaign; regional spy agencies classifying the party and its youth wing as ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘suspected right-wing extremists’; the head of the federal spy agency, the BfV, warning voters not to vote for the party; and the head of the Thuringian spy agency, the LfV, likening AfD voters to Nazis.
As The European Conservative has previously reported, AfD voters increasingly come from all age groups, education levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds. With regard to income level, Germans making more than €4,000 per month were most likely to be the most willing to support the AfD.