Merkel's party is in negotiations with the main oppostion party the Social Democrats (SPD) to form a grand coalition. If those talks fail, the CDU/CSU will have to try to govern with a minority government or call for fresh elections as all other possible governing combinations have been ruled out by the parties, these could have included CDU/CSU in coalition with the Greens (preliminary talks were held, but the Greens declined to continue) or a Red-Red-Green coalition of SPD, The Left, and the Greens which was ruled out due to resistance against the Left Party remains widespread among SPD and some Green politicians.
Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. The lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two parties with the highest figures. Poll results use the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. However, if such date is unknown, the date of publication will be given instead.