Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: How most Germans think AKK is unsuitable to replace Merkel

A new survey has found only 30 percent of believe Democratic Christian Union (CDU) leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer should be the next chancellor. The same ZDF-Politbarometer poll found 51 percent of 1,290 people surveyed between March 12 and 14 see her as unfit. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, better known as AKK, has proved divisive since taking on the party leadership role last October. Billed as a “mini Merkel”, the former protege of has carved out a more conservative path since taking office.

She has been more right-wing learning statements on immigration and economic policies.

The former internal affairs minister sparked controversy earlier this month among LGBT activists after making a joke about intersex toilets.

She implied the toilets were for men “who don’t know yet if they should pee standing or sitting down”.

After being criticised, the politician hit back by labelling Germany the “most uptight nation“ in the world - and her poll ratings went up.

An opinion poll carried out by Insa Consulere between March 8 and 11 of 2,005 people showed CDU support rose 1.5 percentage points since a previous poll on March 1.

This placed CDU at 30.5 percent.

But the latest survey does not appear to tally when asking Germans to rate AKK as a future contender for chancellor.

The results showed she fell from 1.4 points last month to 0.7, meaning she is no longer one of the country’s most popular politicians.

At the top is German’s former finance minister and CDU member Wolfgang Schauble.

Current Chancellor Angela Merkel remains in second place with 1.4.

Andrea Römmele, professor for communication in politics at the Hertie School of Governance, told the Financial Times’ AKK was distancing herself from her predecessor.

The professor said: “It is clear now that she is trying to move the CDU to the right.”

Who is AKK?

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a 56-year-old Catholic, was born in Saarland, southwest Germany.

After rejecting a career in midwifery, AKK moved into politics aged 18 when she joined CDU.

She rose through the ranks, becoming the first woman to leader the Government of Saarland.

AKK is married with three children.

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