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A qualitative analysis of the political mood in Germany

Disappointment, frustration and resignation

The political climate in autumn 2023 is characterized by profound uncertainty and dissatisfaction. This study paints a picture of the mood in German society. It analyzes the political climate, attitudes to key political issues, the image of the parties, voting motives, the role of the AfD and draws conclusions for the future. In particular, it examines the question of what this mood means for democracy in Germany and to what extent it is linked to the rise of the AfD.

KAS / Jochen Roose

Something New More Often: The electorate of the new left-conservative party BSW

Results from a representative survey

The party “Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht - Vernunft und Gerechtigkeit” (Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance: Reason and Justice), founded in January 2024, is already attracting a sizeable electorate. Representative results are now available on the attitudes of those who intend to vote for the BSW in a Bundestag election. They are somewhat more likely to be between 41 and 60 years old. In East Germany the party is considerably more successful. In terms of immigration policy, they want more restrictions. When deciding between climate protection and economic growth, they are more in favor of economic growth.

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Analysis of the European Elections in Germany on 9 June 2024

Report on the preliminary final result, the main voting determinants, voter migration and social structure.

The CDU/CSU wins the European elections and is far ahead of all other parties with 30.0 percent. The AfD made gains compared to the last Bundestag and European elections, coming in at 15.9 percent. The SPD came third with its weakest result in a nationwide election (13.9 percent). It was followed by the Greens, who lost significantly compared to the last European elections and achieved 11.9 percent. The Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht (BSW) achieved 6.2 percent from a standing start, ahead of the FDP (5.2 percent) and the Left Party (2.7 percent).

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My First European Election

A Representative Survey about Political Attitudes on Europe among First-Time-Voters

What do first-time voters in the European elections in June 2024 think about Europe? A representative survey shows that they think similarly to the population as a whole. Support for Germany's EU membership is similarly widespread among younger voters as in the overall population. However, younger people associate slightly less "peace" with the European Union and climate protection tends to be slightly more important to them than to all voters when it comes to the EU's political activities.

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The digital divide in society

Results from a representative survey on artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has not yet become part of everyday life for many. Elderly and respondents with a lower level of education are particularly unfamiliar with AI applications. The differences are presumably due to the fact that younger people and respondents with a high level of formal education can make use AI in their professional context. Technology, digitalization and AI are not perceived as a promise, but also not as a threat. Abstract With the spread of applications based on artificial intelligence (AI), the digitalization of society has reached a new level. A representative survey conducted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung examines how AI is perceived and evaluated by the general population.

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Public Opinion on the European Union before the European Election 2024

A representative survey on attitudes on the EU

The European elections are due in June 2024. What do people think about the EU, how interested are they in Europe and which party do they hope will deliver European policy solutions? The representative survey explores the mood ahead of the European elections. The interest in the EU is quite high and tends to be positive. A clear majority is pleased that Europe is growing together. Just under half have confidence in the EU. However, there are also critical voices. Around a quarter do not believe that Germany is better off as a result of EU membership.

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Changing political attitudes

Results from three representative trend surveys

The study shows changes in the population's political attitudes between December 2022 and December 2023. How have satisfaction with democracy and trust in institutions developed? How optimistic are citizens about the future? How do citizens position themselves on the left-right axis? And how are these attitudes related to the level of formal education? The study investigates these questions with the help of three representative surveys, each conducted six months apart.

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Enthusiastic, Critical, Unimpressed, Weary – the Germans and Europe

How do people in Germany evaluate the EU? Attitudes on Europe in a representative survey

The European Union is judged according to very different criteria. While some are enthusiastic about how the European idea has become reality, others share the positive view of the goal, but are critical of its current implementation. Still others are only moderately interested in the EU, but suspect benefits for Germany. And then there are the weary, who distrust European politics and could well do without the EU. The representative survey by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung examines the variety of views on the EU.

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Forgoing for the sake of the climate?

Representative survey on attitudes toward climate protection and climate-friendly behaviour among the German population

Which age groups and party supporters are particularly concerned about climate protection? Who says they behave in a climate-friendly way in everyday life? Do age groups differ in their diet or in their decision to forego cars and airplanes? Which party following is dominated by meat lovers? Which supporters prefer vegetarian food? The Konrad Adenauer Foundation addresses these and other questions with the help of representative survey data and qualitative in-depth interviews. This much should be anticipated: Some of the results are surprising.

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The pro-European

Representative survey on attitudes toward Europe in the German population

Germans are considered to be traditionally pro-European. How is this reflected in polling data? Do they want to leave the European Union? What issues should the European Union take care of? Which party is best suited to solve the problems at hand? The study sheds light on these questions.

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About this series

The publications of the Election and Social Research Monitor are part of our Monitor publication series. The Monitor series deals with one main topic at a time from the perspective of KAS experts and places it in the political and social context on the basis of a few key points.