Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives has slipped by two percentage points due to divisions within her parliamentary bloc over a third bailout for Greece and even her own popularity has taken a hit, a poll showed on Wednesday.
The Forsa poll put the conservative bloc of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) on 41 percent, down two points from a week ago.
However, the Social Democrats (SPD), who share power in a ‘grand coalition’ with Merkel, failed to gain, staying put at 23 percent. The radical Left and rightist Alternative for Germany (AfD) inched up to 11 and 4 percent respectively.
The share of people who would vote for Merkel in a direct election for chancellor also fell to its lowest level this year, dipping two percentage points to 53 percent.
However, she is still one of Germany’s most popular post-war chancellors and while her SPD rival Sigmar Gabriel gained two points, he is still far behind at 14 percent.
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