Young people in Germany back Angela Merkel and lean green

Young people in Germany back Angela Merkel and lean green
Euronews logo
Text size Aa Aa

It offers a glimpse of Germany’s future: a week before the federal elections, 200,000 young people took part in a youth poll.

In it, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union came out on top, as she’s expected to do amongst adults on 24 September.

The U-18 poll results

28% of the under-18s questioned said they’d vote for Merkel, about 10% less than the 39% of adults who currently say they will back her.

17% would vote for the greens, compared to just 7% of adults.

Far right has mixed showing

Commentators are concerned that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party will win seats in the Bundestag for the first time next week.

Amongst the under-18s, in some regions the party would fail to make the 5% bar. However, in two eastern federal states, Saxony and Thuringia, nearly 16% of young people said the’d vote for the AfD.

Informal news conference

At the weekend Merkel wooed the voters of the future at a former department store in Berlin by answering questions on what she would do if she wasn’t Chancellor, saying:

“If I didn’t have to train and practice everything, I’d love to be an astronaut who flew around the Earth, so I could see it all from above.”

She revealed that her preferred colour was blue, and her favourite animal a hedgehog.

If her news conference told us little about her future policies, it did reveal that the German leader’s favourite meal was an Italian classic: spaghetti bolagnaise.

Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.