CDU/CSU slips to parity in German electoral race

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5 August 2005, BERLIN - Voter support in Germany sagged past a critical point this week for centre-right parties that had a solid lead over Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's coalition for most of the year, according to one survey Thursday. Other pollsters however said the centre-right's lead was intact. A poll by Infratest Dimap for ARD public television said the Christian Democrats' CDU/CSU alliance and their chosen partners, the Free Democrats (FDP), would win just 48 per cent of the vote if an election wer

5 August 2005

BERLIN - Voter support in Germany sagged past a critical point this week for centre-right parties that had a solid lead over Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's coalition for most of the year, according to one survey Thursday.

Other pollsters however said the centre-right's lead was intact.

A poll by Infratest Dimap for ARD public television said the Christian Democrats' CDU/CSU alliance and their chosen partners, the Free Democrats (FDP), would win just 48 per cent of the vote if an election were held immediately.

That was level with the other three main parties in aggregate: the Social Democrats (SPD) at 29, up one point, their Greens coalition partners unchanged at 8 per cent and the Left Party at 11 per cent, down 1 point.

While the results offered little respite to Schroeder, who has rejected a coalition with the Left, they implied major difficulties for Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel in forming a majority government.

Her bloc had consistently overshadowed the other parties since February in ARD polls. ARD said the CDU/CSU was on course to win an unchanged 42 per cent while the FDP was down 1 point to 6 per cent.

The other poll, conducted by Emnid for N24 commercial television, put CDU/CSU support 43 per cent, up 1 point, and the FDP at 7 per cent, down 1, suggesting the Merkel block would win half of all votes cast.

Emnid said the Left would gain 13 per cent, up 1 point, the SPD was steady at 26 per cent and the Greens were down 1 point to 8 per cent.

DPA

Subject: German news

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