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New shock poll for Merkel's coalition

The Local · 28 May 2010, 08:03

Published: 28 May 2010 08:03 GMT+02:00

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If Merkel was hoping in the wake of a string of poor survey results that her numbers couldn’t get any worse, she was wrong: just 20 percent of respondents to the ARD-Deutschlandtrend poll said they were “happy” with the performance of the centre-right government, which was 6 percentage points fewer than a month ago.

None at all said they were “very happy” with the alliance of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP). But 48 percent said they were “not very happy” and 30 percent “not at all happy.”

The appalling result follows widespread criticism of Merkel’s handling of the European debt crisis, with many voters angry at having to bail out Greece and many commentators accusing Merkel of acting too slowly to curb the crisis.

For the first time, a majority of voters – 58 percent – said they preferred the previous “grand coalition” government of Merkel’s CDU and the centre-left Social Democrats, which was often lambasted in its day for being unwieldy and ineffectual.

Just 22 percent said they wanted the CDU-FDP alliance to continue. Even a majority of CDU voters said they preferred the grand coalition.

On the debt crisis, some 64 percent of voters said the decision for Germany to give loan guarantees – as has been the case with Greece – in order to prop up the euro was the wrong decision. Only 31 percent thought it was right.

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Nearly two thirds of voters – 64 percent – thought the budget black hole of €10 billion to €15 billion that they federal government is facing in the next year can only be recouped through tax increases.

The poll of 1,000 eligible voters was taken by the survey firm Infratest dimap on May 25 and 26.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

09:43 May 28, 2010 by khassi
oh yeah! vote for tax cuts and tell me later there is deficit, how surprising eh?
13:38 May 28, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
same story different continent...
00:45 May 30, 2010 by tattooing18
loan sharks like you .... always have a bad end.

bad end, always goes with bad characters.

i told you before, but your ego can't let you see.

you're always the worst nightmare of Europe.

these 90.000.000 euros you cheep the last 6 months from your exports, when the u.s. dollar is up again, against euro, and all the others you're going to win from Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, are going to be your final grave ...

you save your economy and your jewish companies and banks, but this is not going to be so hopeful for your people.

the 4th economic reich your politics are dreaming for europe, are the last thing you're going to do.

there is no space for games like the ones you use to play.

this is going to be your end.

with love from Hellas.
20:37 May 30, 2010 by Frenemy
...it really pains me to see Angie catch so much sh!t.

I mean, she's really the thing to happen to Germany since the end of Nazism... (just plain sad that the majority of the general population don't seem to recognize that fact!)
21:42 May 30, 2010 by Oblomov
tattooing18, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Obviously Greece will do so much better outside of the EU.
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