Schroeder enjoys a lift in his political fortunes
29 September 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appears to be facing a dramatic change in his political fortunes with an opinion poll published Wednesday showing support for his Social Democrats creeping up and support for the opposition Christian Democrats slumping.
29 September 2004
BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appears to be facing a dramatic change in his political fortunes with an opinion poll published Wednesday showing support for his Social Democrats creeping up and support for the opposition Christian Democrats slumping.
Indeed support for the Christian Democrats and its Bavarian-based associate party, the Christian Social Union, sunk to its lowest since the September 2002 election when Schroeder only just managed to scrap back into power at the height of the post-September 11 economic slump in Germany.
The poll conducted by the market researcher Forsa for the German weekly Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL found support for the Christian Democrats and the Christian Social Union falling one percentage point to 39 percent from a week earlier.
At the same time, the Forsa showed Schroeder's Social Democrats and their junior coalition partner, the Greens both gaining one point. This lifted the Social Democrats to 29 percent and the Greens to 12 percent.
The Forsa poll follows the release of several other opinion polls showing Schroeder enjoying a rebound in his personal approval ratings as well as broadening support for his tough reforms, which have resulted in a series of disasters in a round of regional polls that have pushed the SPD vote to record lows.
Signs of the turnaround in the Schroeder government's standing have also coincided with evidence that the economic upturn in the nation remains on course.
A poll released by German television last week showed 48 percent supporting Schroeder's reform agenda compared to 45 percent who were opposed to it. In February only 35 percent supported the reforms and 55 per cent were against them.
Regional and state elections held over the two previous weekends have also confirmed that the political tide might be starting to flow back in Schroeder's favour with his Social Democrats turning in a better than expected performance.
More to the point, the outcome of the recent regional and state elections have resulted in big reverses for the Christian Democrats and placed opposition leader Angela Merkel under pressure.
Meanwhile, the Forsa poll, which was conducted between 20 September and 24 September showed support for the small Free Democratic Party remaining unchanged at 8 percent, while the Party of Democratic Socialism, the former East German communist party, was also unchanged at 7 percent.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: German news