Poll shows Merkel's coalition suffers lowest support in 10 years

21:55, May 19, 2010      

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and its alliance FDP are facing their lowest support in 10 years, the latest Forsa poll showed Wednesday.

Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) earned 32 percent of support, while her partner the Free Democrats (FDP) got 6 percent, dropping by 3 points and 2 points separately, according to the weekly poll by Stern magazine.

The results were the worst supporting rate for both parties since the beginning of 2000, Stern said. At the same time, the alliance's major opponents, the Social Democrats (SPD) and Green party, both saw rising support. SPD gained 3 points to 27 percent, while the Green party earned 1 more point to 16 percent.

The popularity of Merkel’s coalition formed by CDU-FDP has dropped along with the worsening of the Greek debt crisis. The drop has caused the coalition to lose control of Germany’s most populous state and the upper house of the parliament (the Bundesrat).

The Forsa poll shows that only 17 percent of the Germans queried still believes the current government can best solve Germany’s problems, much lower than the 30 percent after the new government was set up in October.

Some 43 percent even wanted the government to return to the last “grand coalition” formed by the CDU and SPD, the poll showed.

Source: Xinhua


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