Despite accusations of being an "extreme right" organization and other measures that have been taken to slow its growth, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has continued to rise in the polls with almost 1 in 5 German voters claiming that they would vote for the party, according to an INSA poll.
In total, 18 percent, or 10.9 million people have confirmed that they would vote for the AfD. An additional 15.7 million people or 26 percent of the population said they would consider voting for the AfD party as well.
The new poll shows AfD coming in third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) who have 20 percent of the population's backing. The Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) have first place with 28 percent. However, the Green party has tanked reaching its lowest polling result since 2018. The Greens stand at only 13 percent.
Among other factors helping the AfD's rise is increasing support for the party's position on mass immigration. The left-wing government has been losing support for its efforts to liberalize many of the country's immigration laws, which would lead to the naturalization of millions of immigrants. Should the changes be approved, the influx of new German citizens would likely benefit the left-wing parties at the polls.
The country has seen record population growth in recent years with roughly 1.5 million migrants immigrating to Germany in 2022 alone. The flood of immigrants is set to continue in 2023 with 160,000 migrants arriving from January to March of this year.
The influx of new arrivals is also beginning to strain German society and resources as housing prices have begun to skyrocket due to renewed demand, schools become overcrowded and understaffed, and crimes committed by foreigners continue to climb.
Meanwhile, the government is claiming that the flood of migrants is critical to maintain the country's budget and pay for pensions. However, data suggests that the German government will have to spend €36 billion in 2023 just to house migrants, and pay for their integration and social benefits.
ZeroHedge has reported that the party has also garnered support for opposing sanctioning Russia, which it has said is weakening the German economy as it has led to deindustrialization.
The AfD has a long history of fighting against being banned completely from Germany as establishment parties have worked to have the party removed. Concerns are mounting that as the AfD grows in popularity the establishment parties will put even more effort behind their attempts to quash the party.
George Pazoderski, a formed AfD politician took to Twitter to address such concerns saying, "Now that the AfD is at 18%, the well-known discussion about anti-constitutionalism and a ban on the party will soon be initiated, run by the usual suspects, backed by the ÖRR (German broadcaster) and relevant pro-government media."
AfD party members and politicians are allowed to be spied on by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, because the organization has labeled the party a "suspected threat" against the country's constitution. The party's politicians have been the victims of arson attacks and its headquarters have been raided by police.
Last month, an AfD politician was also nearly stabbed to death by an Iraqi immigrant. Despite all the setbacks, threats, and attempts to ban the party, the AfD has continued to climb in the polls which could be signaling a larger shift in German political powers.
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