Merkel support slides 6 weeks before election as her SPD rival weakens even more

Business Insider | 8/10/2017 | Madeline Chambers, Reuters
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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.

They agreed to change engine software on 5.3 million diesel cars to cut pollution and avert diesel bans.

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Two thirds of Germans think politicians have too lenient approach towards the sector, the poll showed.

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