The state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia will take place on May 15, 2022. The vote will decide who will govern the country in the next five-year legislative period.

Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) wants to defend his office in the election. He is challenged by Thomas Kutschaty (SPD), Mona Neubaur (Die Grünen), Jochen Stamp (FDP) and Markus Wagner (AfD). The left is entering the race with a dual leadership of Carolin Butterwegge and Jules El-Khatib.

As with every election in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Federal Agency for Civic Education surveyed the parties standing for election and compiled their plans and positions on 38 topics.

The Wahl-O-Mat for this year’s election in North Rhine-Westphalia was developed by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. In cooperation with young and first-time voters, a catalog of questions was drawn up containing 38 theses on central questions of state politics in North Rhine-Westphalia. The parties standing for election were then asked to comment on the individual theses.

Users of the Wahl-O-Mats can click on “agree”, “disagree” or “neutral” for each individual thesis and ultimately decide on a maximum of eight parties that should be taken into account in the evaluation.

The Wahl-O-Mat then calculates which party is closest to the voter and shows the individual positions of the parties for each thesis.

The result of the Wahl-O-Mats is not a concrete election recommendation, but only shows which parties you have the greatest agreement with – and with which parties the least say individual theses. This function of the Wahl-O-Mats also helps you to become more familiar with the election programs and thus to make a decision for the state election.

Infratest dimap, survey from May 6, 2022:

SPD: 28 percent (2017: 31.2)

CDU: 30 percent (33)

Greens: 18 percent (6.4)

FDP: 7 percent (12.6)

AfD: 7 percent (7.4)

Left: 3 percent (4.9)

WELT is the media partner of the Wahlomat of the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.