Merkel’s Bloc Widens Lead in German Poll for a Third Week

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

With Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc steady at 28% in the Insa poll, the opposition Greens declined 1 percentage point to 17%, leaving them level with the Social Democrats, Merkel’s junior coalition partner for the last eight years.

Merkel’s Bloc Widens Lead in German Poll for a Third Week

The Greens have faded steadily since the spring, when the conservative bloc’s two parties -- Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Bavaria’s ruling CSU party -- clashed before choosing CDU leader Armin Laschet as their candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 election. Green candidate Annalena Baerbock is the only woman in the race.

Stable Taxes

“I want to do everything for Germany to remain an industrialized nation, but in a climate-neutral way,” Laschet told broadcaster ARD in an interview on Sunday. Laschet said he’s against raising taxes because that would stifle economic growth and there’s also no room for lowering them.

“We don’t have the money for that at the moment,” he said.

The Free Democratic Party, Laschet’s preferred coalition partner, was unchanged at 12%. The nationalist Alternative for Germany rose 1 point to 11% and the anti-capitalist Left party’s support increased 1 point to 8%.

Merkel isn’t running for a fifth term after 16 years in office. Based on the poll numbers, possible governing coalitions after the election include a CDU-CSU alliance with the FDP and either the Greens or the Social Democrats, according to Bild am Sonntag, which commissioned the poll.

Merkel’s Bloc Widens Lead in German Poll for a Third Week

No margin of error was provided for the July 5-9 poll of 1,352 people.

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