Young Germans Turn to the Far Right

German teenagers and young adults are increasingly likely to vote for the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), according to an April 23 study titled “Youth in Germany 2024.”

People under 30 years old are increasingly dissatisfied with their social and economic situation, which is driving them toward the far right, the study said.

The findings: The study interviewed 2,000 people, ages 14 to 29. It found:

  • About 22 percent would vote for AfD if they could right now; this is almost 2.5 times higher than the figure from two years ago (9 percent).
  • Only 18 percent of young people surveyed would vote for the leftist Greens, down from 27 percent in 2022.
  • Support for the center-right Free Democrats dropped from 19 percent to 8 percent, and the center-left Social Democrats decreased from 14 to 12 percent.
  • Support for the conservative Christian Democratic Union and its sister party rose from 16 percent to 20 percent.

The study showed that young people are especially worried about inflation, expensive housing, poverty in old age, the division of society, and an increase in immigration. The AfD is primarily known for its hard anti-immigration stance.

New leadership: The younger generations in Germany are fed up with the current government, leading them to look to alternative parties such as the AfD. They want new policies and a strong leader who will enforce those policies. A massive transformation of German politics lies ahead.

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