SPD gains in two polls - but still trails Merkel

25th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2005, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats have gained in two polls released Thursday before next month's general election, but still trail opposition challenger Angela Merkel whose centre-right alliance retains a slim majority. Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) have gained one point in separate ARD TV and N24 TV polls which put the party at 31 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. With his Greens government coalition partner the Chancellor would currently win 38 per

25 August 2005

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats have gained in two polls released Thursday before next month's general election, but still trail opposition challenger Angela Merkel whose centre-right alliance retains a slim majority.

Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) have gained one point in separate ARD TV and N24 TV polls which put the party at 31 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

With his Greens government coalition partner the Chancellor would currently win 38 per cent or 39 per cent, the N24 and ARD polls show.

Merkel's Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) and Free Democratic (FDP) partner are at 49 per cent, both polls show, which would give the bloc a slender majority given the presence of other parties in parliament.

The newly created Left Party is at nine per cent and 10 per cent, the two polls show. Created by a merger of the revamped former East German communists and the western German WASG protest movement, the Left Party has seen its support decline from highs of 13 per cent over the past month.

Germany's national election will be held on September 18. A high court ruling earlier on Thursday cleared a final hurdle by ruling that the early vote called by Chancellor Schroeder is consitutional.

DPA

Subject: German news

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