Schroeder's coalition continues its slide in polls
20 April 2005, BERLIN - Support for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democratic coalition with the Greens continues its slide which began late last year, a new poll showed on Wednesday.
20 April 2005
BERLIN - Support for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democratic coalition with the Greens continues its slide which began late last year, a new poll showed on Wednesday.
The Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens are being hurt by the visa affair in which thousands of east Europeans received German tourist visas under dubious circumstances beginning in 2000, said the Allensbach poll for the Frankfurter Allgemeine newsaper.
The SPD and Greens would together now win 38.6 percent, compared with 52.5 percent for the opposition Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) and Free Democrats (FDP), said the poll.
In a breakdown, the SPD is at 29.3 percent with the Greens 9.3 percent. The CDU/CSU are at 44 percent and the FDP at 8.5 percent.
The former East German communists, the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) would currently win 5.1 percent and thus just clear the 5 percent hurdle needed to win seats in parliament under Germany's proportional representation system.
Schroeder plans to run for a third term in Germany's next general election due in autumn 2006.
A key test of the ruling SPD's strength comes in 22 May regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia state where the incumbent SPD-Greens government is trailing the CDU in polls.
Subject: German news