A whopping 15% would opt for the right-wing populist  AfD if national elections took place this Sunday.
A whopping 15% would opt for the right-wing populist  AfD if national elections took place this Sunday.

Germany's SPD Sinks to Record Low in Latest Polls

Germany's SPD Sinks to Record Low in Latest Polls

The latest DeutschlandTrend Extra poll, conducted for German public broadcaster ARD, shows a 2-percentage point drop for the embattled Social Democratic Party (SPD), compared with the last poll two weeks ago.
Germany's oldest political party, which recently agreed a renewed coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, is now a mere shadow of its former self, DW reported.
Asked which party they would choose if national elections took place this Sunday, 33% of voters went for Merkel's Christian Democrats. A mere 16% chose the SPD.
A whopping 15% would opt for the right-wing populist AfD, putting it almost on a par with the SPD. The Greens would garner 13%, the Left party managed 11%. The business-friendly FDP would get 9%.
Observers have attributed the SPD's dismal results to its leadership crisis. According to the poll, eight out of 10 voters welcomed Martin Schulz's decision to resign as party chair and to drop his bid for the post of foreign minister.
Schulz no longer has the full backing of his party. The winds have changed. Just one year ago, he was unanimously elected SPD leader. Now, the party seems to have turned its back on him.
Parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles, who is slated to become the next party leader, draws mixed reactions from voters—47% do not believe she can pull the party from the brink, 33% believe she can.
Voters are also increasingly lukewarm on the "grand coalition" comprising the SPD and Merkel's conservative Union bloc, which is set to govern Germany if SPD members approve it.
A mere 42 percent are in favor of such a coalition, a drop of 4 percentage points compared with the last poll at the start of February. Support for Angela Merkel as chancellor is also dropping, with just 50 percent saying they would find it "very good" or "good" if she carried on as head of government. Last October, that figure stood at 61 percent.

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