Freiburg (dpa / lsw) - According to political scientist Ulrich Eith, the AfD has not benefited from dissatisfaction with the Corona policy.

"It has not been able to generate votes for itself from this issue in the same way as from the increasing number of refugees in 2016," said the election researcher from the University of Freiburg on Monday to the German Press Agency.

The AfD had slipped from 15.1 percent in 2016 in the election on Sunday to 9.7 percent.

The critics of the corona-related restrictions, which the electoral researchers from infratest dimap see at around 30 percent, are to be found among the increased number of non-voters and - coupled with economic policy interests - with the FDP.

The Liberals gained 10.5 (2016: 8.3) percent.

The voter turnout was 63.8 percent, 6.6 points below the 2016 figure.

"The AfD is very dependent on certain issues such as migration and asylum policy."

Another negative factor for the party is the unclear course between the conservative, national-liberal party in the democratic spectrum and right-wing extremist currents.

"It is not clear who will prevail."

In West Germany, the AfD's distancing from the far-right fringe plays a bigger role than in East Germany.

"That puts the party in a mess," said the expert.


The AfD, which made a name for itself in the state parliament with internal party quarrels, will now have to deal with constructive opposition politics in order to be taken seriously.

The classification of the AfD as a suspected case by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, against which the party initially successfully took legal action, may have contributed to the poorer result, according to Eith.

"But that is not the central point."

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