Center-Right Voters Eager to Govern in Germany, Center-Left Unsure

Conservative and liberal voters are looking forward to government. Social Democrats are split.

German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel and Chancellor Angela Merkel enter a cabinet meeting in Berlin, January 14, 2015
German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel and Chancellor Angela Merkel enter a cabinet meeting in Berlin, January 14, 2015 (Bundesregierung)

Center-right voters in Germany hope Angela Merkel’s next coalition government will unite her Christian Democrats and the liberal Free Democrats. But if the Greens are needed for a majority, they could live with that, the latest Deutschlandtrend poll shows.

Green party voters are less interested in a three-party coalition but surprisingly supportive of a deal with the right: 68 percent would join a Merkel-led administration.

The Christian Democrats are almost certain to remain the largest party, but it’s unclear from the polls if the Free Democrats will win enough seats to form a two-party government.

The Social Democrats, the second largest party, aren’t desperate for another “grand coalition”. Half their voters would prefer to go into opposition rather than share power with Merkel for another four years.

The full findings:

  • Nearly one in two conservative voters prefer a coalition with the liberal Free Democrats. 28 percent prefer another grand coalition with the Social Democrats. 20 percent prefer a coalition with the Greens.
  • Given the choice between another grand coalition and a three-party coalition with the Free Democrats and Greens, Christian Democrats split almost evenly.
  • Given the choice between another grand coalition and opposition, Social Democrats also split evenly.
  • The Greens are more eager to govern. 68 percent would pick a coalition with Merkel over four more years in opposition. When the liberal Free Democrats are added, though, that drops to 49 percent.
  • 86 percent of liberal voters want their party to go into coalition with the Christian Democrats. When the Greens are added, still 60 percent of Free Democrats would choose that option over opposition.
  • Somewhat surprisingly, 77 percent of Die Linke voters (far left) want to govern — but only with the Social Democrats and Greens.