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    Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz (C) speaks after the publication of the preliminary results of the regional elections in the West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia at the headquarters of the SPD in Berlin on May 14, 2017

    Merkel Preserves Overwhelming Lead Over Social Democrats Leader Schulz - Poll

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel enjoys support of 55 percent ahead of the parliamentary election in September, a poll showed on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Emnid poll conducted for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, only 26 percent of the respondents expressed support for the leader of Social Democratic Party (SDP) Martin Schulz.

    The poll also showed that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) would receive 39 percent of votes, with SPD on a distant second place with 25 percent.

    The Left party is expected to score 9 percent, far-right Alternative for Germany enjoys the support of 8 percent, the Alliance 90/The Greens and the Free Democratic Party both could get 7 percent each.

    The poll involved 2,054 respondents and was conducted on June 8-13.

    Germany's federal elections are slated for September 24, 2017, which will result in the election of a new government and chancellor.


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