The Union nationwide is in the polls low at 20 to 22 percent: Could the CSU – if there was a fresh survey for Bavaria – be below 30 percent approval for the first time? General Secretary Markus Blume said on Friday after the CSU board that it is traditionally six to eight percent above the total value of the Union. When asked, Blume did not specifically rule out a CSU sentiment value in the twenties, instead of more than 30, 40 or 50 percent.
There are no current figures (in a last survey it was 34.5 percent), according to “mathematical law” this could possibly be the case. Party leader Markus Söder added that this distance from the federal trend is common, the only exception being for CSU chancellor candidates like Edmund Stoiber. It was Söder’s only and indirect mention of his earlier K ambitions at the press conference. Otherwise there is full backing for Armin Laschet, it was said. The CSU board also emphasized this.
“The general election has not yet run, everything is still possible,” said Söder, although the opinion polls were “alarming”. But they want and will “break the trend”. Again he warned of a left-wing government, including a “diluted” one in the form of traffic lights. The CSU is “not about red socks reloaded”, but more taxes and debts are costing jobs, the left with “abolishing the protection of the constitution and not investing in the Bundeswehr” would bring “serious consequences” – this has to be “seriously documented”. The slogan of the rest of the campaign: “Stability instead of slipping to the left”.
Furthermore, the CSU wants to make it clear that a second vote is “the Bavarian vote” for them. Söder hopes for the next TV triall, Laschet was successful in the first and then “treated unfairly”. The CSU party conference in Nuremberg in a week with Laschet as a guest sends a “closed signal”.