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Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

AFP/The Local · 25 Nov 2009, 16:04

Published: 25 Nov 2009 16:04 GMT+01:00

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Two months after an election drubbing, the SPD scored 19 percent in the survey conducted by the Forsa institute - the lowest mark since the organisation began polling.

In Germany's September 27 election that propelled Merkel to a second four-year term, the SPD captured 23 percent of the vote, its worst result in modern history.

The party has since installed a new leader, Sigmar Gabriel, and pledged a new beginning in opposition after 11 years in power.

Profiting from the SPD's agony are the environmentalist Green party, which gained a percentage point to 13 percent, and Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats, which also rose by one point to 37 percent.

The pro-business Free Democrats, Merkel's new coalition partners, however, lost a percentage point, slipping to 12 percent.

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Forsa interviewed around 2,500 people for the poll, published by the RTL television channel and Stern magazine.

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22:56 November 25, 2009 by Logic Guy
Well, although the CDU was re-elected, however, it appears that a new "Poilitical Vision" is needed. And though the CDU has introduced some improvements, however, the truth is, Germany still has an extraordinary number of problems.

No form of liberalism will never be the answer. And of course communism didn't work.

How about rational-conservatism? Perhaps it's the only concept with the potential to produce consistent, longterm prosperity.
03:27 November 26, 2009 by Davey-jo
I suspect you are going to be left with Merkel and a decline in you're manufacturing base pretty much as we were stuffed by Thatcher in the 80's. Good Luck. I just hope you avoid the Blair years. A service based economy does not work ....
13:56 December 1, 2009 by Beynch
Well, as elsewhere in Europe, Social Democrats have outlived their usefulness. They have little, or nothing, to offer in the new Europe other than tired dogma. It is, by and large, these social democrats who are resonsible for the multi-cultural sewer that most European countries have turned into. Time to look elsewhere for prosperity and to radically alter, and take back, our European nations.
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