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Merkel's Conservative Bloc Gains Ground 4 Months Ahead of German Election - Poll

© REUTERS / Hannibal HanschkeGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel awaits the arrival of the new European Parliament President Antonio Tajani at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 24, 2017.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel awaits the arrival of the new European Parliament President Antonio Tajani at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 24, 2017. - Sputnik International
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservative bloc has gained ground four months ahead of the federal election, having a 10-percent lead over its major rical, Martin Schulz's Social Democratic Party (SPD), according to a new poll.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headed by incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel and its Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) currently lead over their main opponent, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), headed by Martin Schulz, by 10 percent in the race to determine who will be seated as the next German chancellor just four months before the general election, a fresh poll revealed.

According to the poll by the Emnid public opinion research company for the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, 37 percent of German citizens currently support Merkel's conservative bloc, while 27 percent prefer Schulz's SPD. This is the lowest SPD rating, since Schulz was elected as a nominee for the post of the chancellor from this party in January, according to the media outlet.

In late April, this gap was 8 percent with 37 percent in favor of Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative bloc and 29 percent for the rival side.

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The German Left Party (Die Linke) maintains 10 percent of the respondents' support. The Green's party is favored by 8 percent, as well as the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. The Free Democratic Party (FDP) is being supported by 6 percent of respondents.

The poll was conducted on May 4-10 and involved 1900 respondents.

Germany's federal elections, which will elect a new government and chancellor, are slated for September 24, 2017.

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