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(07/20/07) -

Merkel Parties Keep 10-Point Lead in Germany

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian-Social Party (CSU) remain popular in Germany, according to a poll by Infratest-Dimap. 38 per cent of respondents would vote for either party in the next election to the Federal Diet.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian-Social Party (CSU) remain popular in Germany, according to a poll by Infratest-Dimap. 38 per cent of respondents would vote for either party in the next election to the Federal Diet.

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is second with 28 per cent, followed by the Left Party (Linke) with 11 per cent, the Green Party (Grune) also with 11 per cent, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) with nine per cent.

Official results from the September 2005 election to the Federal Diet gave the CDU and the CSU 226 seats, with the SPD a close second with 222 legislators. Neither of the two main parties was able to assemble a coalition government with their preferred partners. In November 2005, CDU leader Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany’s first female head of government. The current administration includes members of the CDU, CSU and SPD.

On Jul. 10, FDP leader Guido Westerwelle expressed dissatisfaction with interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, saying, “The Guantanamoization of German interior policy will never find a majority in the Federal Diet.” Westerwelle was referring to recent comments by Schaeuble, who suggested allowing the implementation of a ban on the use of the Internet and mobile phones to suspected terrorists, and permitting the targeted assassinations of terrorists.

Polling Data

What party would you vote for in the next federal election?

Jul. 11

Jul. 4

Jun. 21

Christian-Democratic Union
Bavarian Christian-Social (CDU-CSU)

38%

38%

38%

Social Democratic Party (SPD)

28%

28%

29%

Left Party (Linke)

11%

11%

10%

Green Party (Grune)

11%

10%

10%

Free Democratic Party (FDP)

9%

10%

9%

Source: Infratest-Dimap
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 German voters, conducted on Jul. 10 and Jul. 11, 2007. Margin of error is 2.5 per cent.