CDU/CSU with absolute majority over SPD in poll

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8 June 2005, BERLIN - Germany's conservative opposition, led by Angela Merkel, continues to surge ahead of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's battered Social Democrats and would now win an absolute majority in upcoming elections, a poll showed on Wednesday.

8 June 2005

BERLIN - Germany's conservative opposition, led by Angela Merkel, continues to surge ahead of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's battered Social Democrats and would now win an absolute majority in upcoming elections, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Merkel's Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) is currently at 49 percent, which would give it an absolute majority in parliament's lower house, the Bundestag, due to the presence of several smaller parties in the chamber.

With Merkel's Free Democratic (FDP) ally, a potential centre-right German government would have a stable majority of 55 percent, said the Stern magazine/RTL TV poll.

Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) are scraping along at 28 percent with his Greens coalition partner at 8 percent, the poll said.

Early German general elections are expected to be held on 18 September.

The poll showed a big majority opposes calls by SPD leftists to reverse Schroeder's reforms including reductions to jobless benefits and tax cuts.

A change of course by Schroeder's SPD is rejected by 56 percent of voters, with 37 percent in favour.

The weekly Stern magazine poll surveys 2,504 voters - far more than the 1,000 voters used by most German polls - and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

DPA

Subject: German news

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