Sep 192017
 

German Elections: Three more polls

We Anoraks are all getting a little jittery here. It’s 134 hours until closing time and there will be only a small handful of polls coming in in the next couple of days, so is there anything new that may be divined from the latest crop, published today (Insa), on Saturday (Emnid), and on Friday (FGW)? Not really. First, the Emnid poll is not new, but new-ish: fieldwork began on September 7, almost a week before Infratest’s (alleged) shock poll. Second, the three polls mostly agree:

Emnid FGW INSA
CDU/CSU 36 36 36
SPD 22 23 22
GREENS 8 8 7
FDP 9 10 9
LEFT 10 9 11
AfD 11 10 11

Third, they are broadly in line with the last (Friday) set of estimates. Of course, that does not mean that the pollsters have it right. It just means that public opinion as measured by the various survey houses seems to be rather stable at the moment.

The Christian Democrats are still leading

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Support for the Christian Democrats has been flagging recently, but they still have a solid lead of about 14 points over the Social Democrats. The credible interval for the gap is 13-16 per cent. The current estimate for the Christian Democrats is 37 per cent [36-38], which would make them  the strongest party by far but would also imply a substantial loss compared to their result in the 2013 election (41.5%). The estimate for the SPD is 23 per cent [21-24], which is virtually identical to their worst ever result (in 2009).

The FDP and the Greens seem to be safely in

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Speaking of virtual, it seems virtually impossible that these two minor parties will not clear the electoral hurdle. Then again, look at what happened in 2013. Right now, the FDP is ever so slightly ahead of the Greens, but the enormous attention they are currently getting from the chattering classes is not (yet?) reflected in the polls. Either way, their likely return from the electoral dead would be a significant event in German politics.

The Left and the AfD remain tied

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Even the Wallstreet Journal is very excited about the idea of the AfD becoming Germany’s “third” party (technically, the CSU is competing for that title, too, but that is a different story). According to the model, however, the chances of the AfD ending up in this position are just 28%. Although predictions of support are almost identical – 9.5% [8.7-10.3] vs 9.7% [8.9-10.5] – the model gives the Left a much better chance (53%) of coming out tops. This is neatly illustrated here:

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However, the relevant information (in my view) is still this: we are heading for a six/seven party parliament, with four minor parties of almost equal strength

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Coalitions …

After factoring in the three latest polls, the options remain essentially the same: In all simulations there is a majority for both a Grand Coalition and a Jamaica arrangement. There is also tiny (0.5%) chance of a centre-right (CDU/CSU + FDP) coalition. If the polls are correct, nothing else will work. As I said before: Move on. Not much to see here.


Also published on Medium.

  9 Responses to “State of the German polls: No news is no news”

  1. RT @kai_arzheimer: After 159 polls, the #Left has a slightly better chance to become Germany’s 3rd party than the #AfD https://t.co/UlbkaIp…

  2. RT @kai_arzheimer: After 159 polls, the #Left has a slightly better chance to become Germany’s 3rd party than the #AfD https://t.co/UlbkaIp…

  3. RT @kai_arzheimer: After 159 polls, the #Left has a slightly better chance to become Germany’s 3rd party than the #AfD https://t.co/UlbkaIp…

  4. RT @kai_arzheimer: After 159 polls, the #Left has a slightly better chance to become Germany’s 3rd party than the #AfD https://t.co/UlbkaIp…

  5. RT @tomlouwerse: @wol @Walrathis @GKlerk @Wahlrecht_de @peilingwijzer zie Kai Arzheimer https://t.co/C5jGER0Oq8 en https://t.co/04YimWIE5u

  6. RT @kai_arzheimer: After 159 polls, the #Left has a slightly better chance to become Germany’s 3rd party than the #AfD https://t.co/UlbkaIp…

  7. RT @kai_arzheimer: new blog: State of the German polls: No news is no news https://t.co/68Gkq7D5he

  8. RT @kai_arzheimer: After 159 polls, the #Left has a slightly better chance to become Germany’s 3rd party than the #AfD https://t.co/UlbkaIp…

  9. German Elections: Three recent polls. https://t.co/SGYdUMCkw8 via @kai_arzheimer

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