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21 Aug, 2018 09:43

Support for Merkel’s alliance hits new record low – poll

The support for the conservative alliance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached a new record low level, according to an INSA poll for Bild newspaper. Both parties of the ‘big coalition’ each lost one percentage point in the survey compared to last week. Support for the CDU/CSU bloc, or Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, fell to 28 percent. Support for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) dropped to 16.5 percent, RIA Novosti reports. If an election were held next Sunday, 16 percent of the voters would vote for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), 12 percent for the Left party, and 13.5 percent for the Greens, the poll shows. The business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) would receive 10 percent of the votes. The poll was conducted from August 16 to 20, and 3,129 people were surveyed, with a statistical error of 1.8 percent.