Schroeder’s support recovers, poll shows

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14 April 2004 , BERLIN – After months of plunging public opinion poll ratings, support for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s ruling Social Democrats (SPD) is showing signs of picking up again, a weekly poll released Wednesday showed.

14 April 2004

BERLIN – After months of plunging public opinion poll ratings, support for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s ruling Social Democrats (SPD) is showing signs of picking up again, a weekly poll released Wednesday showed.

The poll, prepared by market researcher Forsa for Stern magazine and RTL television, showed support for the SPD as having risen by three percentage points since the middle of March.

The pickup in support for the SPD follow a sharp slump for the party in the wake of economic stagnation, high unemployment and Schroeder’s deeply unpopular welfare and labour market reforms.

Conducted between 5 April and 8 April, the Forsa poll showed support for the SPD rose one point to 28 percent from the week earlier.

The slight recovery in support coincides with hopes that Germany is now on course to a modest economic upswing and as voter anger over Schroeder’s so-called Agenda 2010 reforms slowly start to fade.

The poll also comes as the government faces a tough round of regional, state and European elections.

But the survey also showed support for the main opposition Christian Democratic Union as remaining unchanged at 47 percent.

The Green Party, which is the junior member of Schroeder's coalition government, garnered 11 percent while the small opposition Free Democratic Party had six percent support.

Based on a poll of 2,005 voters, the survey had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

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