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Populism amongst voters and non-voters in Germany 2018

This statistic shows the results of a survey on the distribution of populism* amongst voters and non-voters in Germany in 2018. In accordance with the definition provided by the study, 40 percent of non-voters were classified as populist in comparison with 27.4 percent of voters.

Share of voters and non-voters with populist* attitudes in Germany in 2018

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Release date

October 2018



Survey time period

May 2018 to June 2018

Number of respondents

3,427 respondents**

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Eligible voters

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* In this study populism is defined as a certain understanding of politics and democracy, its norms, institutions and procedures. A distinguishing feature is the idea of the “true people” on one side and the “corrupt elite” on the other. Additionally, views which are anti-establishment, anti-pluralism and pro sovereignty of the people. According to the authors of the study, all three views are supposed to be represented simultaneously to qualify as populist views. Further definitions are available in the Stern issue.

** 2,322 voters and 1,105 non-voters.

The source provides no information on missing percentage points for 100 percent.

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