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Merkel helps boost conservatives' popularity

The Local · 8 Feb 2012, 11:53

Published: 08 Feb 2012 11:53 GMT+01:00

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The Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian CSU allies had the support of 38 percent of voters, the weekly Forsa survey for Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL found.

The result, up two points from last week, is the highest for the conservatives since forming a coalition with the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) in 2009.

But unlike their senior coalition partner, popularity for the FDP continues to wallow at a measly three percent - which is below the five percent threshold to win seats in parliament.

Support has been falling for the struggling party, as 40 percent of people who said they would vote for them in 2009 have now moved over to Merkel’s conservatives, the poll revealed.

The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the socialist party The Left took 27 percent and eight points respectively. The upstart Pirate Party is also enjoying relative success with seven percent.

This week’s loser is the Green party, whose popularity with German voters reached the lowest point in two years, at 13 percent. This is a drop of two points in a week.

“Other parties” snared four percent of support.

For the first time since March 2011 the conservatives and the FDP are stronger combined than the Greens and the SPD, with 41 points.

But if an election was called now, Merkel’s party could only win if they joined forces with the SPD or Greens because of the FDP’s disappointing performance.

“Merkel’s conservatives represent nearly the entirety of Germany’s right-wing voters,” Forsa boss Manfred Güllner told Stern. “The FDP has no role right now.”

Güllner is putting the conservatives' success down to Chancellor Merkel, who “is pulling the party to the top.” Also helping Merkel's popularity is the fact Germany's robust economy has so far managed to avoid being dragged down by the eurozone debt crisis.

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A separate poll, also by Forsa for Stern magazine, showed 53 percent of

Germans believe Europe's common currency the euro "can be defended," compared to only 41 percent that held this view in October 2011.

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14:13 February 8, 2012 by JSD
Polls mean nothing--change with the wind. Let's see what they are in a month or two. And in the end, as in any country, it all depends on who has the most motivated voters.
17:47 February 8, 2012 by dackelpoop
Has she shown more decolletage recently?
18:48 February 8, 2012 by carlm
What's conservative about chancellor pantsuit? Or the CDU for that matter? In my book she's a kommie.

I used to think the FDP party was conservative, boy was I wrong on that.

Germany got rich by embracing conservative principles, like rewarding hard work and risk taking. Now it's getting poor by embracing kommie principles, like welfare for the lazy and bailing out deadbeat neighbors. And here in the US, komrade Odumbo is fast on Germany's heels.

Anybody got a few trillion they could spare, komrades?
18:51 February 8, 2012 by dackelpoop
@ Carl- ask the Chinese, Russians or Indonesians
19:01 February 8, 2012 by Englishted

How long have you had latent McCarthyism?

Try checking under your bed you may well find a red.

But it will be a herring.


Sadly it seams the motivation plays no part with the system that always mean a coalition, so no matter who you vote for their policies are watered down post election.Even in state and city election it is odd to find anything run by one party.
19:25 February 8, 2012 by derExDeutsche

HAHA. why do lefties think that critics of their RAGING PINKO status will be put off by being accused of being McCarthyist? I've got news, its not 1950, and nobody cares. Today, people aren't afraid of some commie Pinko making screaming 'Uncool, Man'. McCarthyism is dead and gone. The Critics of Communism and their champions, has not.

just 1 less hay bale for the sheep to hide behind
19:47 February 8, 2012 by Englishted

Try writing that again as it has come out as gobbledygook.

Unless of cause you meant it as gobbledygook.
19:55 February 8, 2012 by carlm
dackelpoop, nice name, ask the Chinese, Russians or Indonesians what?

Englishted, I'm not smart enough to know much about McCarthyism, don't care either. In my twisted world, anyone who places the government above the individual is a kommie. I'm an American and believe in the constitution and it's guarantee of individual liberty through limited government. It's that simple. And I lied, McCarthy was no conservative, he was a kommie, he didn't respect the rights of the individual. Chancellor pantsuit is little different from our, unfortunately, komrade Obama, who thinks government programs bring freedom and prosperity.
22:16 February 8, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
Ask any American alive during McCarthy, if he scared them, and they will laugh and laugh (I have me them and asked).

He was only a threat to the so-called Hollywood elite and intelligentsia. That is why "McCarthyism" is perpetuated to this day, because he stepped on Hollywood's toes. (Poor babies.)
17:57 February 9, 2012 by Englishted
Haven't you lot got a tea party to go to?
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