Angela Merkel is facing a major embarrassment as her party appears to be on the verge of losing the election, according to a poll.
ANGELA MERKEL’S conservatives are on the verge of a devastating electoral defeat as she prepares to step down as German Chancellor.
Just a month before the election that will determine Germany’s first new leader in 16 years, new polling has given the centre-left Social Democrats a lead over the Christian Democrats. Support for the SPD and Olaf Scholz, their candidate for the top post, increased by 2% to 25% in an Insa poll for Bild TV. This is the highest polling result for the centre-left party in four years, indicating the possibility of a socialist-led coalition administration.
Mrs Merkel’s CDU/CSU and top contender Armin Laschet both dropped three points to a new low of 20%.
The Greens received 16.5 percent of the vote, the pro-business FDP 13.5 percent, the far-right AfD 11 percent, and the far-left Die Linke 7%.
Mr Laschet could only become chancellor by creating a three-way coalition, according to Insa chairman Hermann Blinkert.
The black conservatives, the Greens, and the yellow FDP would make up this coalition.
“Olaf Scholz would have four alternatives for leading the government,” Mr Blinkert remarked.
According to the pollster, there are various scenarios that might force the conservatives out of power.
A so-called “traffic light” alliance with the Greens and FDP, or a more left-leaning coalition with the Greens and Die Like, would be one option.
The SPD, on the other hand, may welcome the CDU and CSU back into government as junior partners in a center-left coalition backed by the conservatives and the FPD.
Allies of Mr Laschet, the leader of Mrs Merkel’s CDU party, have rallied around him, but he has been chastised for bad campaign performances.
He was compelled to go on the offense recently after failing to boost their campaign in televised debates with opponents.
A quick survey revealed that Mr Laschet had lost the tense televised debate.
According to pollsters Forsa, 36 percent of Germans believe Mr Scholz of the SPD won, followed by Annalena Baerbock of the Greens on 30 percent and Mr Laschet on 25 percent.
Since being caught on tape laughing on a visit to a flood-stricken community last month, the CDU chief has been under criticism.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Jens, German health minister and CDU member.