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Election-defining themes:

social justice 32%
economic policy 30%
job market policy 22%
education 20%

No wonder with news like this:

Unterschicht hat nichts vom Aufschwung (=Lower class gets nothing of the upswing)

Eine wachsende Unterschicht bleibt nach Ansicht des Jenaer Sozialwissenschaftlers Roland Merten vor allem im Osten vom derzeitigen wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung ausgenommen. «Vom Aufschwung profitieren nur die Begüterten und Qualifizierten, nicht aber die schlechter Qualifizierten und Empfänger von Arbeitslosengeld II», sagte der Sozialpädagoge von der Universität Jena. «Um das Ausmaß der Misere zu begreifen, muss man sich deutlich machen, dass das so genannte abgehängte Prekariat in den alten Ländern vier Prozent, in den neuen aber ein Viertel der Bevölkerung umfasst.»

(A social scientist says that only the privileged and people with good qualifications profit from the upswing, but not the less qualified or receivers of the lower ('reformed') jobless benefit; the left-behind are 4% in Western and 25% in Eastern Germany.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 05:17:15 AM EST
Social justice was also the leading motive for voters leaving the CDU (32%, with the internal-security-concerned second at 28%), SPD voters, and sky-high motive for Left Party voters (69%) and new Left Party voters (71%)

It's no surprise that economy and internal security are the leading themes for CDU and FDP voters, but that the first mattered more to CDU voters (51%) than FDP voters (43%) is strange.

Again no surprise that environmental concerns lead (ahead of social ustice) with the Green (64%) and new Green (56%) voters, but it's sad that among others, it is not in the top four even for Left Party voters.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 05:24:23 AM EST
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Hmmm, interesting. There was also a poll on the competences of the parties.

What stands out to me is the Greens. While only the 5% of the resumable core voters see the FDP to be competent on the economy (vs. 43% granting that to the CDU), and a similar 7% see the Left Party competent on social justice, 20% see the Greens competent on integration and a whopping 55% on the environment! That's much more than the party base, in fact it probably includes a not insignificant part of even CDU voters.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 05:45:40 AM EST
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