Free Democrats rebound in poll
7 July 2004 , BERLIN - Germany's small liberal opposition party, the Free Democrats (FDP), has enjoyed something of a rebound in its political fortunes, a new poll shows.
7 July 2004
BERLIN - Germany's small liberal opposition party, the Free Democrats (FDP), has enjoyed something of a rebound in its political fortunes, a new poll shows.
While the conservative Christian Democratic Union maintained its strong lead over Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's ruling Social Democrats (SPD), the poll conducted by the Forsa research group for the weekly Stern, showed the FDP scoring its best reading since the federal election in September 2002.
After languishing in a recent string of opinion polls, the Stern survey showed support for the FDP climbing by one percentage over the last seven days to nine percent.
But the poll once again represented grim reading for Schroeder whose government has watched its support slump as it has battled on with deeply unpopular economic reforms against the backdrop of weak economic growth and record high unemployment.
If an election was held now the SPD would win only 24 per cent of the vote, the poll showed. This was unchanged from a week ago.
However, the SPD's coalition partner, the Greens, continue to enjoy strong support gaining 12 per cent of the vote in the poll.
But the poll also showed that 45 percent of voters would back the main opposition CDU if elections were called now.
The former East German communist party, the Party of Democratic Socialism remained at 6 percent.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: German news