BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, about to return from holiday, has seen her popularity fall by 10 points just six weeks before an election in which she hopes to win a fourth term.
An Infratest dimap poll published late on Thursday showed that 59 percent of voters think Merkel is doing a good job, down 10 points from the previous month. She trailed her finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who was down 1 point at 64 percent.
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However, Merkel has little to fear as her Social Democrat (SPD) rival Martin Schulz hit a new low of 33 percent, down four points from last month.
The SPD has accused Merkel of stifling debate by failing to take a stand on issues and leaving much to her ministers.
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Last week, she stayed on holiday rather than attend a summit of ministers and carmaker bosses aimed at mending the auto industry’s tattered reputation after an emissions scandal.
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