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Angela Merkel centre-right coalition extends lead in German poll
July 24, 2013 / 7:13 AM / in 4 years

Angela Merkel centre-right coalition extends lead in German poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition has extended its lead over the opposition in the latest poll before a September 22 election, showing a row over German complicity in intrusive snooping by U.S. intelligence is having little impact.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves during a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) election campaign rally in Heringsdorf at the Baltic sea July 22, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files

In the Forsa poll, Merkel’s conservatives and her junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), held steady at 41 percent and 5 percent respectively while the two main opposition parties saw their support slip.

The Social Democrats (SPD) dipped 1 point to 22 percent and the Greens were down 2 points at 12 percent. The far-left Linke gained 1 point, giving the three parties a combined 43 percent, some 3 points short of the centre-right bloc’s 46 percent.

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CDU/CSU - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union

SPD - Social Democrats, the main centre-left party

Greens - centre-left, environmental party

FDP - Free Democrats, a business-friendly, pro-small government party that shares power with the conservatives

Left - far-left, pacifist party

AfD - Alternative for Germany, a new anti-euro party

Pirates - a new Internet freedom party

- Parties require 5 percent of the vote or three constituency seats to win representation in parliament.

- A parliamentary majority can be secured with the support of less than 50 percent if the parties in question have more support than the other leading parties combined.

Pollsters: Allensbach, Emnid, Forsa, Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (FGW), Gesellschaft fuer Markt- und Sozialforschung GMS, Infratest Dimap

Compiled by Berlin Bureau; editing by Mark Heinrich

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