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SPD and Greens have majority, poll finds

DDP/The Local · 6 Aug 2010, 09:07

Published: 06 Aug 2010 09:07 GMT+02:00

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According to the ARD-Deutschlandtrend poll, Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have the same level of support.

A coalition of the SPD and Greens meanwhile would win 48 percent if an election were held this weekend – more than any other combination of parties and therefore enough to govern, the poll found.

Some 83 percent of voters, meanwhile, are unhappy with the coalition government of the CDU and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

The poll put both the CDU and the SPD on 31 percent support – a two point loss for the CDU and a one point gain for the SPD compared with the previous month.

That compares with the 31.2 percent won by the CDU at the election in September last year and the 23.5 percent won by the SPD.

SPD boss Sigmar Gabriel told daily Berliner Zeitung the results reflected the “disastrous policies” of the coalition.

“But they also show that the SPD is on the right path,” he said.

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Survey firm Infratest dimap polled 1,500 people of voting age between Monday and Wednesday this week.

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Your comments about this article

18:17 August 6, 2010 by recherche
The young tend to vote left. The population is getting older, and the older tend to conservatism. The way forward is therefore towards a more conservative attitude. There is much to admire in conservative societies. It represents progress.

I think Germanity is worthwhile pursuing.and it seems Merkel is inclined that way. So I think Merkel gets my vote no questions asked!
20:57 August 6, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, if you were to ask most people in Western nations, if they would rather have a liberal or conservative government, most would say conservative. It's just that the appropriate form of conservatism has never been offered.

If you were to take a close look, you would realize that political conservatism is even more liberal.

I believe that a Moral-Conservative form of government is what Westerners really want. Everything else has obviously failed so far. It's time to commit to something that actually delivers CONSISTENT peace and prosperity.
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