Merkel’s Bloc Widens German Election Poll Lead as Greens Slip

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc widened its lead in a weekly poll ahead of Germany’s election as support for the Green party slipped further.

Combined support for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavaria-based CSU ally was unchanged at 28% in Insa’s poll for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. The Greens retreated 1 percentage point to 19%, shrinking their advantage over the Social Democratic Party, which polled 17%.

It’s a comedown for the Greens after some polls put them ahead of the CDU-CSU in April, before Merkel’s bloc chose CDU chairman Armin Laschet as its candidate to succeed her as chancellor.

Merkel’s Bloc Widens German Election Poll Lead as Greens Slip

The pro-business Free Democrats, Laschet’s preferred coalition, declined 1 point to 12%. The nationalist Alternative for Germany polled 11% and the anti-capitalist Left party rose 1 point to 7%.

If the Sept. 26 election goes the way polls suggest, it’s likely that the only two-party coalition with a parliamentary majority to govern would be the CDU-CSU and the Greens. Merkel has led the government of Europe’s biggest economy for 16 years and isn’t seeking a fifth term.

The June 21-25 poll of 1,203 people has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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