Angela Merkel forgets her face mask in German Parliament
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Last month, Armin Laschet was announced as the new leader of the CDU party after beating rival Friedrich Merz in a digital leadership election. But Mr Laschet has faced mounting scrutiny over past statements defending Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Assad regime in Syria.
Now, Ms Merkel’s party is facing a political nightmare as the latest YouGov poll found support for the CDU drops three percent since last month.
The YouGov poll – which surveyed 1,619 people between February 18 and 22 – asked about voting intentions.
Of those polled, 33 percent said they would vote for the current ruling party.
This is a drop by three percent since January 2021, its worst result since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) increased by one point, leaving the Opposition party at 16 percent.
The Free Democratic Party (FDP) also gained another percentage point in this latest poll bringing support up to eight percent.
The Left party also saw a drop in support, decreasing to eight percent.
Only the Greens remained unchanged at 18 percent.
All other parties got six percent of the vote between them.
Ms Merkel also saw a personal drop in support for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which dropped by a staggering 14 percent.
In April last year, 57 percent of the German public expressed confidence in her handling of the pandemic.
But now, just 43 percent think she has done a good job tackling the deadly pandemic, sparking a devastating blow to the Chancellor.
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This latest poll comes just weeks after results from the Insa opinion polls for BILD found the CDU/CSU was also down by two points (34.5 percent), marking the lowest fall in three months.
Insa boss Hermann Binkert said the CDU party is visibly weakened due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “Confidence is sinking week by week and has decoupled from the approval of the coronavirus measures.
“That’s why a lot can still change before the general election.
“The SPD also has a chance of becoming the second strongest party.
“Their additional exploitable potential is higher than that of the Greens.”
Back in 2018, the German Chancellor announced she would stand down as leader of the CDU at the party convention.
She said she would not seek a fifth term as Germany takes to the election polls this year.
Following Mr Laschet’s win, Ms Merkel was warned thousands would leave the party following Armin Laschet was announced as the new leader.
Christian von Stetten, the chairman of the Mittelstand parliamentary group (PKM) of the Union faction warned many party members have toyed the idea of leaving.
He said: “If Merz is not involved at the top, we are not talking about hundreds of exits, but thousands.”
Addtional reporting by Monika Pallenberg
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