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Germans consider Merkel's conservatives too conservative

The Local · 17 Sep 2010, 17:25

Published: 17 Sep 2010 17:25 GMT+02:00

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Some 37 percent of the Germans surveyed by pollster Infratest dimap for broadcaster ARD said that the positions of Merkel's CDU party are too conservative.

Another 15 percent said the party was right on with its policies, while 32 percent said they weren’t conservative enough.

Among CDU members themselves, 33 percent said the party was not conservative enough, while 20 percent said they had veered too far to the right.

The survey comes at a time where many Christian Democrats have publicly voiced concerns that the party has lost its conservative edge under Merkel.

While the poll shows a possible disconnect between the CDU and voters, the Green party appears to be emerging as a growing force in German politics.

If federal elections were to be held on Sunday, the Greens would rake in a record number of votes. According to the ARD poll, 18 percent of the participants said they would vote for them, their highest support level ever in the survey.

Along with the centre-left Social Democrats, who won the support of 29 percent of participants, the two parties would have just enough support to form a ruling government coalition, ousting Merkel's coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats.

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19:34 September 17, 2010 by fair1day
80 million Germans cannot make up their minds........

And this is the best Europe has to offer?
20:49 September 17, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, humanity functions as well as it does because there are differences between people. If we all had exactly the same thoughts, we would never leave zero. However, what's ironic is that since the universe is very conservative, ALL humans should be as well. If ALL 6.8 billion of us were very conservative, then EVERY problem humans have EVER encountered would vanish.
21:05 September 17, 2010 by wxman
Although I agree with Logic Guy in principle, I have to disagree with his last statement. It's always wise to leave a few of the opposition around so that people remember who they are, how they think and how that thinking can damage society. Otherwise, like the Ancient Mariner, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes - - at great peril.
14:25 September 18, 2010 by michael4096
If ALL 6.8 billion of us were very conservative, then EVERY problem humans have EVER encountered would vanish
Been there. Done that. Then invented civilization
15:46 September 18, 2010 by Bishopbayern
Sounds like she has it right!
14:34 September 19, 2010 by Talonx
@ Logic guy

Non sequitur. And Wxman agrees with you, instant fail.
23:30 September 23, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I'm sure we all agree that humans will always encounter problems, whenever they try to oppose nature (the universe).

To be very conservative is to be very consistent. This is the psychology of the universe. And so, how brilliant would this world be, if humans had the exact, same psychology?
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