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Merkel sees popularity drop in poll ratings
Last Updated: 2017-08-11 07:56 | Xinhua
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has seen a fall in her popularity levels while on holiday, an ARD-DeutschlandTrend survey released on Wednesday night suggests.

A total of 59 percent of respondents said they were happy or very happy with Merkel's work, a 10 percentage point drop compared to last month.

However, Merkel's main rival, SPD leader Martin Schulz, was unable to benefit from the development, as he witnessed his approval rating among voters fall to by four percentage points to a personal record low of 33 percent.

The highest ratings in the category were achieved by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (CDU) with 64 percent (minus 1 percentage point) and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel with 63 percent (minus 3 percentage points).

Merkel also lost support in the "direct election" category with 52 percent of respondents saying they would chose to elect Merkel as chancellor directly if they could (Germany's political system only allows voters to indicate a party, rather than an individual). The figure constituted a five percentage point drop for the chancellor compared to the previous month.

Nevertheless, Merkel still commanded substantially stronger support than Schulz who rose slightly by two percentage points to 30 percent in voter favor.

If Germans were called to the polls on Sunday, the CDU/CSU would achieve a combined voter share of 39 percent compared to the SPD's 24 percent. The Left party (Linke) would finish in third place with 9 percent. The Free Democratic Party (FDP), Greens (Gruene) and Alternative for Germany (AfD) would be tied at 8 percent.

Germans appeared to be increasingly dissatisfied with their government in general in the latest ARD-DeutschlandTrend survey. Only 47 percent of respondents were either happy or very happy with the Federal Government's work, eight percentage points less than last month.

A likely source of voter frustration is officials handling of the ongoing "dieselgate" and "cartel" scandals in the German automotive industry. A total of 57 percent of those polled said that they had lost trust in domestic carmakers. Enditem

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