Anti-Semitism row damages CDU

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19 November 2003 , HAMBURG - A row within the opposition Christian Democratic Union over the expulsion of a deputy over an anti-Semitic speech has slightly hurt the CDU's popularity, but the party is still far ahead of the ruling coalition, according to a survey published Wednesday.

19 November 2003 

HAMBURG - A row within the opposition Christian Democratic Union over the expulsion of a deputy over an anti-Semitic speech has slightly hurt the CDU's popularity, but the party is still far ahead of the ruling coalition, according to a survey published Wednesday.

A survey by the Forsa polling institute showed that backing for the CDU dropped to 48 percent, from the previous level of 49 per cent, reported the weekly magazine Stern and private television channel RTL.

The ruling Social Democrats and their coalition partner, the Greens, remained unchanged at 25 percent and 11 percent, respectively, the Forsa survey showed.

The liberal Free Democrats gained a percentage point to 7 and the former communist PDS remained steady at 5 percent in the poll taken of 2,501 persons in the week of November 10 to 14.

The poll coincided with a turbulent week for the CDU in which the party leadership demanded the expulsion of deputy Martin Hohmann over a speech widely condemned as being anti-Semitic. After hefty internal debate, the party faction in parliament then voted to expel Hohmann.


DPA


Subject: German news


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