Merkel's coalition still leads in opinion poll as election nears

Merkel
# 14 August 2013 21:52 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition still takes a narrow lead in a fresh opinion poll published on Wednesday, just five weeks before the vote on September 22, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The opinion poll by market research company Forsa showed that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian CSU sister party would get 40 percent of votes on election day, while the junior coalition partner the Free Democrats (FDP) would win five percent.

The combined score put the ruling coalition one percent ahead of the opposition parties, with support for the Social Democrats (SPD) at 23 per cent, Greens 13 per cent and Left Party at 8 per cent.

Smaller parties including the anti-euro Alternative for Germany will not meet 5-percent threshold to enter the parliament, surveys indicated.

Another poll published earlier this month by Infratest-dimap for ARD public television also showed that Merkel's ruling coalition has scored a 47-percent support rate, which is enough to win a parliamentary majority in the Sept. 22 election when she will seek a third term as chancellor.

Merkel has returned from her summer break to resume the election campaign, taking no chances even as she claims a 68-percent approval rating among voters and maintains her position as the most popular politician in Germany.

Her spokesman said Wednesday that the chancellor will visit the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau near Munich next week, the first time that the head of the German government will visit this concentration camp memorial. She will also hold a campaign rally in the town for the upcoming state and general elections, local media said.

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