BERLIN (Reuters) – Support for Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) party, a junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, has slumped to a record low, a poll showed on Saturday, piling more pressure on it to quit the government and rebuild in opposition.
There is rising scepticism that Merkel’s coalition will survive until 2021 after SPD leader Andrea Nahles quit two weeks ago in the wake of her party’s losses in European Parliament elections and a regional vote in the state of Bremen.
Centre-left - SPD - Backing - % - Respondents
The troubled centre-left SPD had the backing of 11% of respondents in a Forsa poll, a decline of one point from a week ago. It marked its lowest level of support since 1949 and placed it in fourth, behind the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on 13%.
The resurgent Greens remain the most popular party, with 27%, attracting voters disenchanted with the ruling coalition and concerned about climate change.
Merkel - Conservatives - % - Record - Low
Merkel’s conservatives were unchanged at 24%, a record low.
The national survey will cast a shadow over a government meeting this weekend near Berlin to discuss a planned coal exit, pensions, rising housing costs and property tax reforms.
SPD - Voters - Party - Working-class - Ethos
The SPD, punished by voters who feel the party has lost its working-class ethos, has appointed a trio of caretakers before...
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