German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party Christian Democrats (CDU) enjoy more popularity as her government is in the midway of the four-year term, said a new survey published Wednesday.
Merkel enjoys the backing of 59 percent of the electorate, the highest level since the September 2005 elections, according to a poll published by magazine Stern and private broadcaster RTL.
Merkel's likely challenger in future elections, Kurt Beck, chairman of the Social Democrats (SPD), is lagging on 18 percent.
The CDU, together with their Bavarian sister-party, the Christian Socialists (CSU), are up two percentage points on the week at 40 percent support.
The SPD, following inner-party wrangling over Beck's performance, are down 1 point at 25 percent.
The survey also said Merkel and her party had benefited from the successful uncovering last week of a terrorist plot to bomb U. S. facilities in Germany.
Merkel's coalition, combining her CDU/CSU parliamentary caucus with their traditional opponents, the SPD, was formed following inconclusive elections in September 2005.
The next elections must take place by September 2009.