Merkel’s con­ser­va­tives lose sup­port be­fore elec­tion, poll shows

Iran Daily - - International -

Sup­port for Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s con­ser­va­tives has slipped and over a third of Ger­mans are still un­de­cided how they will vote in the Sept. 24 elec­tion, an opinion poll showed on Fri­day.

The weekly sur­vey, con­ducted by poll­ster Forschungs­gruppe Wahlen for ZDF tele­vi­sion, showed sup­port for Merkel’s con­ser­va­tive bloc fall­ing 2 points to 36 per­cent - a re­sult that would still make it the largest group in par­lia­ment, Reuters re­ported.

Sup­port for its near­est ri­vals, the left-lean­ing So­cial Democrats (SPD), rose by 1 point to 23 per­cent. The busi­ness-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) and the anti-im­mi­gra­tion, euro-hos­tile Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many (AFD) were both on 10 per­cent.

The far-left Die Linke stood at 9 per­cent and the left-lean­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal The Greens at 8 per­cent.

The poll of 1,383 vot­ers, con­ducted from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14, also showed that 39 per­cent of those sur­veyed were still un­sure how they would vote.

With the elec­tion likely to in­stall six par­ties in par­lia­ment, up from four now, Ger­many will be marked by a more frac­tured po­lit­i­cal land­scape af­ter the vote. This could make coali­tion build­ing dif­fi­cult.

Fri­day’s poll showed there would be suf­fi­cient sup­port for both a re­peat of the in­cum­bent “grand coali­tion” of Merkel’s con­ser­va­tives and the SPD, and for a so­called “Ja­maica” coali­tion of the con­ser­va­tives, FDP and Greens. How­ever, Greens co-leader Cem Ozdemir sounded a skep­ti­cal note about a pos­si­ble three-way Ja­maica tieup - a ref­er­ence to the par­ties’ colors: Black, yel­low and green.

“I don’t see how we should get to­gether with the FDP,” he told the daily Ber­liner Zeitung.

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