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Merkel’s CDU Rises in Poll as Chancellor Seen to Tackle Crisis

November 16, 2011

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party rose to the highest level in eight months in a poll as she tackles the euro-area debt crisis that she’s said represents Europe’s “most difficult hour” since World War II.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union rose one percentage point to 34 percent in the weekly Forsa poll for Hamburg-based Stern magazine released today. That’s its best result since March. The main opposition Social Democrats dropped 2 points to 26 percent, Stern said in an e-mailed statement.

“Many people have the impression that she’s found her direction and her role during the euro crisis,” Manfred Guellner, Forsa’s chief, said of the chancellor. Voters feel “that she knows what she wants and fights for solutions.”

Backing for Merkel’s Free Democratic coalition partner dropped 1 point to 2 percent, equaling its lowest-ever tally, putting the party in danger of becoming “redundant,” Guellner said in the statement.

With the Greens unchanged at 15 percent support, the opposition SPD and Greens lead Merkel’s coalition by 41 percent to 36 percent, not enough for either bloc to form a government if elections were held now. The Left Party and the Pirate Party held the balance, with 9 percent support each.

Forsa polled 2,503 voters on Nov. 7-11. The results have a margin of error of as much as 2.5 percentage points.

--Editor: Alan Crawford

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