Berlin (dpa) - For almost two thirds of Germans, it does not matter whether a party sends a man or a woman into the race for the chancellery.

In a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 63 percent said that gender was not relevant to them in the candidate evaluation. It is subordinate for 21 percent and only essential for 8 percent. There are only slight differences between women and men on this question: 69 percent of men and 58 percent of women say that the gender is irrelevant in a candidacy for chancellor.

After more than 14 years of Angela Merkel at the top of the government and after the announced withdrawal of CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, only men are being traded for the Union's top candidate in the next federal election: CDU politicians Friedrich Merz, Norbert Röttgen, Armin Laschet and Jens Spahn and CSU boss Markus Söder.

Only 15 percent find this one-sidedness rather good, but only 24 percent rather bad. 49 percent doesn't care. Even 43 percent of women say it doesn't matter to them. However, among them the number of those who find this bad is significantly higher at 31 percent than among men at 18 percent.

In fact, 55 percent of the Union's voters do not care that so far only men have been discussed for the chancellor candidacy. 21 percent find this rather bad, 19 percent rather good.