Merkel’s Popularity Plummets to Lowest in 5 Years Amid Migrant Crisis

Friday, April 22, 2016
By Paul Martin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU Union Party has plummeted to 33 percent in the latest poll – its lowest rating since 2011, following months of controversy over the refugee policies which has threatened to split her own party.

According to the Deutschlandtrend survey for public broadcaster ARD, only 33 percent of Germans would vote for Merkel’s CDU/CSU party if there were a general election this week, way down on the 41.5 percent the party achieved at the national elections in 2013.

The poll found that 21 percent of respondents would vote for the SPD, which is coalition with CDU/CSU, causing some supporters to say the party had been tarnished by the alliance. The right-wing populist AfD part polled 14 percent, the Greens twelve percent, the Left Party receives eight percent, the FDP seven percent, with other parties on five percent.
Merkel has come in for severe criticism at home over her open doors policy to refugees, which initially brought her plaudits. However, the sheer volume of migrants arriving in German has caused major strains in many German states, with asylum seekers creating a burden on local authorities. More than 1.1 million entered Germany in 2015 alone.

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