BELGRADE – A poll published on Tuesday shows that just under two-thirds of Germans do not want Chancellor Angela Merkel to run for office again in elections next year, TheLocal.de reports.
The poll conducted by INSA for Cicero magazine asked people if they thought Merkel should run for a fourth term and 64 percent responded that she should not.
Other polling figures show that if an election were held now, Germany’s two main political parties would barely scrape together 50 percent of the vote between them.
In the separate survey conducted by INSA for Bild, the Union – a combination of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) – only polled at 30.5 percent.
This number was a drop of 1.5 percent on the previous week and the lowest number ever recorded by INSA for the twin conservative parties.
With the Social Democratic Party (SPD) polling at 19.5 percent, that meant that the two parties which make up the ‘grand coalition’ which governs Germany would only win 50 percent of the vote.
This figure is a drop of 17 percent on the last national election and would have been unthinkable up until recently.