Ruling German SPD at record opinion poll low

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14 July 2004 , BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats are scraping record popularity lows a poll showed Wednesday amid vows by the German leader to stick to unpopular economic reforms. The Social Democrats (SPD) would currently win just 23 percent of the vote if elections were held on Sunday, a Stern magazine/RTL TV poll showed. This is a record low for the SPD in the monthly poll which was only matched last October, said a statement by Stern. In contrast, the opposition Christian Democra

14 July 2004

BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats are scraping record popularity lows a poll showed Wednesday amid vows by the German leader to stick to unpopular economic reforms.

The Social Democrats (SPD) would currently win just 23 percent of the vote if elections were held on Sunday, a Stern magazine/RTL TV poll showed.

This is a record low for the SPD in the monthly poll which was only matched last October, said a statement by Stern.

In contrast, the opposition Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) would garner 46 percent, according to the poll.

The Greens, which rule with Schroeder as junior coalition partner, would get 12 percent and the opposition Free Democrats - likely partners in any future CDU/CSU led government - are at 8 percent.

Schroeder at the weekend vowed to stick to key reforms including cutting jobless benefits and making small charges for previously free visits to the doctor.

These steps are deeply unpopular with centre-left voters who have historically backed the SPD in the past.

Germany's next scheduled general election is due in autumn 2006.

The poll surveyed 2,507 voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

DPA

Subject: German news

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