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Saturday 26 July 2014

Poll shows Merkel popularity hit.... by her absence after ski accident

Published 19/02/2014|10:37

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel  uses  crutches as she attends the annual reception for Carolers at the chancellery in Berlin,  Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel  suffered a  pelvis  injury during ski holidays  in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks,  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses crutches as she attends the annual reception for Carolers at the chancellery in Berlin, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a pelvis injury during ski holidays in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks, (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel  uses  crutches as she attends the annual reception for Carolers at the chancellery in Berlin,  Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel  suffered a  pelvis  injury during ski holidays  in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks,  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses crutches as she attends the annual reception for Carolers at the chancellery in Berlin, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a pelvis injury during ski holidays in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks, (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks with the aid of crutches as she arrives for a reception with carols singers (Sternsinger) at the Chancellery in Berlin, January 7, 2014. Merkel has fractured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland over the Christmas holidays and is walking with the help of crutches, forcing her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments her spokesman said on Monday.   REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz   (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks with the aid of crutches as she arrives for a reception with carols singers (Sternsinger) at the Chancellery in Berlin, January 7, 2014. Merkel has fractured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland over the Christmas holidays and is walking with the help of crutches, forcing her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments her spokesman said on Monday. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity has slipped in the last few months and dipped 4 points in the last week alone, due in part to her forced absence after a skiing accident at the end of last year, a poll showed today.

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Although conservative Merkel, who has shared power with the Social Democrats (SPD) since mid-December, still enjoys a strong rating of 53pc, it has fallen 12 points from the start of October, according to the Forsa survey.

Dubbed "Mummy" by German media, Merkel is regularly voted Germany's most popular politician and she is the main electoral asset for her Christian Democrats (CDU).

Support for Merkel's conservative bloc was down 1pc point for the second consecutive week but at 40 percent is still way ahead of the SPD, unchanged at 24pc.

The eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD), tipped to perform well in May's European elections, gained 1 point to 5 percent. Support for the other parties was also unchanged.

Forsa chief Manfred Guellner attributed the decline in Merkel's popularity to her skiing accident which has left her hobbling on crutches and limited her international exposure.

The SPD is failing to benefit, he added.

"Even if the SPD seemed more visible and dominant in the first few weeks of the grand coalition, the power constellation is little changed since the election," said Guellner.

The poll was conducted just before the coalition was rocked by a leak about a pornography inquiry into an SPD lawmaker which caused a conservative cabinet minister to resign.

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