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    Merkel's Conservatives Widen Lead Over Social Democrats to 16%

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) improved their lead over the Social Democratic Party (SDP) up to 16 percent in two weeks, a new poll showed on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen survey conducted for the ZDF broadcaster, the CDU/CSU would receive 40 percent of votes with the SPD on a distant second place with 24 percent against 39 and 25 percent on June 23, respectively.

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

    The poll was conducted on July 4-6.

    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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