Merkel rivals hit all-time low

26th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

The SPD scored 19 percent in the survey conducted by the Forsa institute, the lowest mark since the organisation began polling.

Berlin -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political rivals, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), registered their worst-ever score in a poll published Wednesday, two months after an election drubbing.

The SPD scored 19 percent in the survey conducted by the Forsa institute, the lowest mark since the organisation began polling.

In Germany's September 27 election that propelled Merkel to a second four-year term, the SPD captured 23 percent of the vote, its worst result in modern German history.

The party has since jettisoned its leader, Franz Muentefering, and pledged a new beginning in opposition after 11 years in power.

Profiting from the SPD's agony are the environmentalist Green party, which gained a point to 13 percent, and Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union, which also rose by one point to 37 percent.

The liberal party, Merkel's new coalition partners, however, lost a point, with an estimated 12 percent share of the vote.

Forsa interviewed around 2,500 people for the poll, published by the RTL television channel and Stern magazine.

AFP/Expatica

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