Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

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AFP/The Local - [email protected] • 25 Nov, 2009 Updated Wed 25 Nov 2009 16:04 CEST
Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

The rivals of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), sunk to their worst-ever showing in an opinion poll published Wednesday.


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.

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


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