Merkel bloc widens lead over Green party in German poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves to journalists at the end of a press conference following talks with Germany's state premiers on the current situation of the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign, at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 27, 2021.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc widened its lead over the Green party to 10 percentage points in a weekly poll ahead of Germany’s election on Sept 26.

The Christian Democratic Union and its Bavaria-based ally, the CSU, polled an unchanged 28 percent in Insa’s poll for Bild am Sonntag, while the Greens declined 1 percentage point to 18 percent. The Social Democrats, Merkel’s junior coalition partner since 2013, polled 17 percent.

The pro-business Free Democrats, the preferred coalition partner of Armin Laschet, the CDU-CSU’s candidate to succeed Merkel as chancellor, were unchanged at 12 percent. The nationalist Alternative for Germany declined 1 point to 10 percent and the anti-capitalist Left party stayed at 7 percent.

Merkel has led the government of Europe’s biggest economy for 16 years and isn’t seeking a fifth term in September.

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No margin of error was provided for the June 28-July 2 poll of 1,352 people.