Historical rankings of Chancellors of Germany

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Historical rankings of Chancellors of Germany are surveys conducted to construct rankings of the success and popularity of the individuals who have served as Chancellor of Germany in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Opinion polls[edit]

Overview[edit]

  • Blue backgrounds indicate first quartile.
  • Green backgrounds indicate second quartile.
  • Orange backgrounds indicate third quartile.
  • Red backgrounds indicate fourth quartile.
Sequence Chancellor Political party ZDF (2003) Forsa (2005) Emnid (2005) Infratest dimap (2010) Forsa (2013) YouGov (2015) Aggr.
1 Konrad Adenauer CDU 01 01 03 02 02 01
2 Ludwig Erhard CDU 05 05 06 07 07 07
3 Kurt Georg Kiesinger CDU 07 07 08 08 08
4 Willy Brandt SPD 02 02 04 02 03 04 03
(4) Walter Scheel ^ FDP
5 Helmut Schmidt SPD 04 03 01 01 01 01 02
6 Helmut Kohl CDU 03 04 02 04 04 05 05
7 Gerhard Schröder SPD 06 06 05 05 06 06 06
8 Angela Merkel CDU 03 05 02 04

^ Following Willy Brandt's resignation as Chancellor, Walter Scheel was acting Chancellor for a few days.

ZDF (2003)[edit]

For the TV show Unsere Besten, more than 1 million Germans were asked to rank the 100 most notable Germans in an unrepresentative opinion poll. The list also included German Chancellors:[1][2]

  1. Konrad Adenauer
  2. Willy Brandt
  3. Helmut Kohl
  4. Helmut Schmidt
  5. Ludwig Erhard
  6. Gerhard Schröder

Neither Kurt Georg Kiesinger nor Angela Merkel (who was leader of the opposition at that time) were ranked among the 100 most notable Germans.

Forsa (2005)[edit]

In an opinion poll conducted by Forsa in July 2005, the 1002 pollees were supposed to name the most notable German Chancellor:[3]

  1. Konrad Adenauer – 35%
  2. Willy Brandt – 20%
  3. Helmut Schmidt – 18%
  4. Helmut Kohl – 17%
  5. Ludwig Erhard – 5%
  6. Gerhard Schröder – 1%
  7. Kurt Georg Kiesinger – 0%

It was not asked for the most recent Chancellor Angela Merkel since she assumed office in November 2005.

Emnid (2005)[edit]

In an opinion poll from November 2005, the polling company Emnid asked for the best German Chancellor:[4]

  1. Helmut Schmidt – 28%
  2. Helmut Kohl – 18%
  3. Konrad Adenauer – 17%
  4. Willy Brandt – 15%
  5. Gerhard Schröder – 10%
  6. Ludwig Erhard – 3%
  7. Kurt Georg Kiesinger – 1%

It was not asked for the most recent Chancellor Angela Merkel since she assumed office in November 2005.

Infratest dimap (2010)[edit]

In March 2010, Infratest dimap asked 1500 people for their view of the term in office of German Chancellors. The given numbers show the percentage of people agreeing with the statement that the named Chancellor was a good one:[5]

  1. Helmut Schmidt – 75%
  2. Willy Brandt – 68%
  3. Angela Merkel – 67%
  4. Helmut Kohl – 59%
  5. Gerhard Schröder – 47%

It was not asked for the first three German Chancellors (Adenauer, Erhard, Kiesinger).

Forsa (2013)[edit]

In December 2013, Forsa reasked 1002 Germans to name the most notable German Chancellor:[6]

  1. Helmut Schmidt – 25%
  2. Konrad Adenauer – 23%
  3. Willy Brandt – 18%
  4. Helmut Kohl – 17%
  5. Angela Merkel – 6%
  6. Gerhard Schröder – 3%
  7. Ludwig Erhard – 2%
  8. Kurt Georg Kiesinger – 0%

YouGov (2015)[edit]

In May 2015, YouGov asked 1111 Germans to name the best German Chancellor in their opinion:[7]

  1. Helmut Schmidt – 24%
  2. Konrad Adenauer and Angela Merkel – 18%
  3. Willy Brandt – 15%
  4. Helmut Kohl – 9%
  5. Gerhard Schröder – 5%
  6. Ludwig Erhard – 4%
  7. Kurt Georg Kiesinger – 1%

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