One out of eight Germans might vote for far-right
19 September 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A survey of Germans has found that one-eighth of Germans might contemplate voting for far-right parties which embrace neo-Nazis, the weekly magazine Stern said Wednesday.
19 September 2007
Hamburg (dpa) - A survey of Germans has found that one-eighth of Germans might contemplate voting for far-right parties which embrace neo-Nazis, the weekly magazine Stern said Wednesday.
Thanks to a rule that excludes parties unable to win at least 5 per cent of the vote nationwide, German rightists have never managed to enter the Bundestag parliament during the post-World-War-II era.
The survey, by Forsa pollsters, found 2 per cent of Germans were regular voters for the German Nationalist Democratic Party and its ally the German People's Union DVU. Some members of both are openly neo-Nazi.
Another 4 per cent could contemplate voting for either party, while 7 per cent said they could "perhaps contemplate" casting a vote for the far right.
The three groups together comprised 13 per cent of German adults. Forsa questioned 3,773 Germans.
The survey said there was little difference between western and formerly communist eastern Germany in the figures, but the pro-right group was notably younger and less-educated people.
Among 18- to 29-year-olds, 29 per cent of those who had left school early belonged to the rightist group, whereas only 6 per cent of those who had graduated from high school with university-entrance marks would vote right.
Subject: German news