The upcoming German elections will determine the 598 members of the 18th Federal Diet, the main legislative house. Angela Merkel is running for Chancellor for a third term as Bundeskanzlerin, a term coined for her as the country’s first female leader in 2005. She heads right-of-center allience, the CDU-CSU. The opposition, Peer Steinbrück, also a main force in German politics, is part of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD). The ballets open September 22nd, but with public opinion polls and through the social media buzz around the candidates, predictions can already be made for the winner. However, with Alternative for Germany and the Pirate Party, taking the lead in terms of fans on Facebook, the outcome may still be a surprise. A study conducted by the opinion institute, Forsa, found that 37% of all eligible voters in Germany and 48% of 18–29 year olds believe that the Internet will be a key factor in deciding the results of this election.
This infographic depicts how the candidates performed over social media for the last month. It shows just how each of the parties and politicians measured up in terms of fans, the People Talking About This metric, and the total number of interactions (Likes, Comments, and Shares). Socialbakers has also included the most engaging post from each party and the most frequently used words for Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück. Take a look at just how well your favorite candidate performed over Facebook and support them by voting in the 2013 German elections, September 22nd.
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