Support for Merkel's coalition parties hits record low

(VOVWORLD) - Combined support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance and its partners, the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD), has hit a record low for any such "grand coalition" government.

The survey by pollster Emnid for the weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag had support for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), down by 1 percentage point on the week, to 29 percent.

In last September's federal election, the CDU/CSU bloc won 32.9 percent of the vote. The poll put support for the SPD down 2 percentage points to 17 percent. In the last election, the SPD won 20.5 percent of the vote. Their combined score of 46 percent was the lowest for any CDU/CSU/SPD coalition. The polls surveyed 2,472 voters between August 30 and September 5.

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