Study: More Rich Than Poor in Germany's Green Party

Study: More Rich Than Poor in Germany's Green Party

A new study shows that Germany’s progressive Green Party is steadily becoming a party for the rich.

According to Der Spiegel, the study conducted by Berlin’s German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) shows “a greater share of high earners and the wealthy identify with the Green Party than among lower and middle income groups.”

The numbers DIW uncovered show that “17 percent of those in the top 10 percent income bracket… support the Greens.” In lower and middle income ranges, the support is only 12 percent. 

Moreover, even though Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) remain the most popular choices for those in the top 10 percent income bracket,  the Green Party bests FDP if the focus is on the top 5 percent instead of the top 10.

Among the top 5 percent of income earners, “the Greens attract 15.3 percent of households compared to the FDP’s 13.1 percent.”

In its analysis of why so many in the top 10 or 5 percent of income would support the Green Party–a party that is not considered business-friendly–DIW pointed out that “Green Party supporters quite frequently work in the public sector or in areas that have strong ties to the state.” Therefore, their incomes are more dependent on “national budgets” than on the success of a particular business.

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