Next German federal election

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Next German federal election
2013 ←
Between 27 August and 22 October 2017

All 631 seats in the Bundestag
316 seats needed for a majority
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Leader Angela Merkel Sigmar Gabriel
Leader since 10 April 2000 13 November 2009
Leader's seat Vorpommern-Rügen – Vorpommern-Greifswald I Salzgitter – Wolfenbüttel
Last election 311 seats, 41.5% 193 seats, 25.7%

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Leader Katja Kipping and
Bernd Riexinger
Cem Özdemir and
Simone Peter
Party Left Green
Leader since 2 June 2012 19 October 2013
15 November 2008
Leader's seat Saxony (List)

(did not run in 2013)
Baden-Württemberg (List)

(did not run in 2013)
Last election 64 seats, 8.6% 63 seats, 8.4%

Incumbent Chancellor

Angela Merkel

The next German federal election will elect the members of the Bundestag, the federal parliament of Germany, on a date to be determined.

German law requires that the next election should take place on a Sunday between 46-48 months after the assembly's first sitting. Since the current Bundestag first sat on 22 October 2013, the latest date for the next election is 22 October 2017 (a Sunday). The earliest date is 27 August 2017, the first Sunday after 22 August. By convention, recent elections have been held in late September, avoiding the school holidays. Elections can be held earlier under certain conditions, for instance if a government loses a confidence motion.


At the previous federal election, in 2013, the incumbent government — composed of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU, the CDU's Bavarian sister party), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) — failed to achieve a majority of seats. The FDP failed to get over 5% of the vote, denying the party seats in the Bundestag for the first time in their history. In contrast, the CDU/CSU obtained their best result since 1990, with nearly 42% of the vote and just short of 50% of the seats. Merkel's party successfully negotiated with the Social Democrats (SPD) to form a grand coalition.

Opinion polling[edit]

Graphical summary[edit]

15-day average trend line of poll results from September 2013 to the present day, with each line corresponding to a political party.

Poll results[edit]

Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first, and using the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. If such date is unknown, the date of publication is given instead. 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. When a specific poll does not show a data figure for a party, the party's cell corresponding to that poll is shown empty.