Merkel’s Bloc Widens German Election Poll Lead as Greens Slip
(Bloomberg) -- 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.
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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