Merkel government enjoys mass popularity

Merkel government enjoys mass popularity
Chancellor Merkel is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Photo:DPA
Fifty-nine percent of Germans are happy with the current black-red coalition between the CDU/CSU and the SPD.

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The government is enjoying the highest level of popularity in the history of the Infratest survey for Die Welt and ARD, the newspaper reported Friday.

As well as being popular as a team, the government also enjoys good individual approval ratings.

Seventy-four percent of people were happy with Chancellor Angela Merkel's performance, her best score since 2007.

And Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier achieved an equal rating among the public.

The pair handily outstripped their colleagues including Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (65 percent approval) and SPD leader and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (50 percent approval).

The government's popularity can mostly be explained by the huge support among the coalition parties' most faithful voters, with 76 percent of CDU voters and 69 percent of SPD followers giving the alliance top marks.

A majority of Green party supporters were also satisfied with the Merkel team's performance.

The coalition parties remain in similar overall positions to those they held at the elections in September 2013. If there were an election on Sunday, 41 percent of people said they would vote for the CDU/CSU while 26 percent would choose the SPD.

The Greens and the FDP each lost one point, reaching ten and three respectively.

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