In the latest Deutschlandtrend poll published Thursday the Union of CDU/CSU held steady at 37 percent to remain the strongest party. In contrast, the SPD under Martin Schulz slipped to 20 percent, making it the party’s worst result since January.
It’s also well below the 23 percent of votes the SPD got in the 2009 election, which marked their lowest ever Bundestag result.
Comparing people’s preferred chancellor if it were a direct public vote, 51 percent would vote for Merkel, while only 25 percent favored Schulz. With fewer than two weeks to go until the election, only 57 percent of voters had decided which party they supported. AfD a clear third place
The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party led the race for third place, with 12 percent of the vote, increasing its share slightly in comparison with last month’s poll and meaning it’s likely to enter the Bundestag for the first time. The AfD is already represented in 13 of Germany’s 16 state parliaments.A TV debate pitting Merkel against Schulz gave him a platform, but not a boost in the polls Read more: AfD, on course for parliament, says Germany done with Nazi past The Infratest dimap survey of 1,000 voters for ARD Deutschlandtrend was conducted by telephone on September 12 and 13.
The other smaller parties recorded minor differences compared to previous polls. The business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) look set to reenter the Bundestag with 9.5 percent of the vote. The Left and Green parties recorded slight losses, with 9 and 7.5 percent respectively.
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