Gains for Schroeder's SPD in opinion poll

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2 September 2005, BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats posted gains in a new opinion poll on Friday but conservative challenger Angela Merkel is still leading with a slim majority.

2 September 2005

BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats posted gains in a new opinion poll on Friday but conservative challenger Angela Merkel is still leading with a slim majority.

Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) gained two points and would now win 32 per cent of the vote. But their Greens coalition partner lost a point and are at 7 per cent, said the ZDF TV poll.

Merkel's Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) are unchanged at 43 per cent, with their Free Democratic Party (FDP) ally down a point to 7 per cent.

This would leave Merkel's bloc with 50 per cent, compared to 39 per cent for Schroeder's government. Experts say that this result would lead either to a tiny majority for a CDU-FDP government or to a 'Grand Coalition' of CDU and SPD.

A new Left Party comprised of former East Germany's communists and a western German left-wing protest group is unchanged at 8 per cent.

Schroeder is more personally popular, the poll showed, with 49 per cent saying they want him as chancellor compared to 41 per cent for Merkel.

But Merkel is ahead of Schroeder on the key question of creating jobs. Some 32 per cent trust Merkel would be able to cut Germany's 11.4 per cent unemployment rate, compared to just 8 per cent trusting Schroeder.

Germany's elections will be held September 18.

DPA with Expatica

Subject: German news

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