Chancellor Merkel riding high in political poll

29th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2007, Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has edged further ahead of her potential rival in a future election, opening up a gap of 42 percentage points according to a poll published Wednesday by the Forsa research institute.

29 August 2007

Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has edged further ahead of her potential rival in a future election, opening up a gap of 42 percentage points according to a poll published Wednesday by the Forsa research institute.

In a personal popularity poll, the Christian Democrat (CDU) chancellor scored 57 per cent, against just 15 per cent for Kurt Beck, head of the Social Democrats (SPD).

The popular chancellor is thus further than ever ahead of her probable challenger in elections that must be held by September 2009, with the poll revealing broad support for even within the SPD.

The German chancellor is chosen by parliament following elections every four years, not directly by the electorate. Opinion polls have consistently given the chancellor higher ratings than her party.

The Forsa poll of 2,501 respondents, conducted between August 20 and 24, put Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance on 38 per cent, up 1 per cent on the week.

The SPD were unchanged on 26 per cent, while the Left Party took 12 per cent. The Greens and the liberal FDP were on 10 and 9 per cent respectively.

Merkel heads a broad coalition that combines her own CDU and its Bavarian sister-party with the SPD. The unusual "grand coalition" resulted from inconclusive elections in September 2005 that saw an SPD-Greens coalition under Gerhard Schroeder lose power.

dpa

Subject: German news

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