February 21, 2017 / 8:27 PM / in 8 months

Germany's Social Democrats behind Merkel's conservatives, poll shows

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are trailing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday, after a different survey on Sunday put the SPD ahead.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 18, 2017. Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung/Handout via Reuters

The Allensbach poll, which is due to be published in newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Wednesday, showed Merkel’s conservative bloc on 33 percent - ahead of the SPD on 30.5 percent.

The poll showed the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) on 8.5 percent while the far-left Linke and the Greens were both on 8 percent.

The liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were on 7 percent - above the 5-percent threshold needed to enter parliament.

The poll of 1,542 people was carried out between Feb. 1 and Feb. 15.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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