Support for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government has fallen to a record low.
This is evidenced by a public opinion poll by the Insa Institute published by Bild am Sonntag.
The support of Scholz’s Social Democrats fell to 17%, which is 8.7% less than their result in the federal elections two years ago.
The other two governing parties, the Greens and the Liberal Free Democrats, received 14% and 6%, respectively.
The combined level of support – 37% – is the lowest for the Scholz coalition since it was elected in September 2021.
The largest opposition party, the conservative CDU, remained at 27%, while the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) gained another point and now has 22%.
The rise in support for the AfD, which denies that the climate crisis is caused by human activity, opposes European Union membership and wants to stop migration into the country, is a concern for democratic parties and investors.
In the eastern German states of Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony, where state elections will be held next year, the AfD is currently the strongest party with over 30% of the vote.
In August, nearly two-thirds of German citizens said they wanted to see a new government lead the country.
Almost 70% of Germans are dissatisfied with the way the state functions.