Germany: SPD Narrowly ahead of Merkel's Coalition
A polling survey shows the Social Democrats narrowly ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, suggesting that the Socialists will win between 197 and 215 seats in parliament.
A poll by German TV Channel One and Channel Two showed the Social Democratic Party (SPD) narrowly ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition and ahead of other parties in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
Socialists lead, leftists in last place
Expectations were that the Socialists would receive between 25 and 26%, while Merkel's coalition would receive between 24 and 25%.
The Green Party came in third place with a score between 14.5 and 15%, the Free Democratic Party with 11-12%, the Alternative for Germany with a score between 10 and 11%, and the leftists with 5%.
From percentages to seats in Parliament
Based on these percentages, the Socialists will get between 197 and 215 seats in parliament, the Alliance will get between 198 and 200 seats, the Green party will get between 119 and 120 seats, the Free Democratic Party will get between 87 and 99 seats, and the Alternative will get between 83 and 87 seats, the leftists between 39 and 41 seats.
According to data issued by the German Elections Administration, the turnout in the Federal Parliament elections reached 36.5% as of 2:00 pm on Sunday.
The percentage was determined based on the calculations of participation rates in selected polling stations throughout Germany.
It is worth noting that the participation rate recorded in the 2017 elections was 41.1% on the polling day, excluding the voters who cast their votes by mail.