Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party fell to its lowest level in four and a half years, a poll showed on Thursday, in a sign voters are still upset despite a recent drop in new migrant arrivals.

 

German Economy Minister Gabriel and Chancellor Merkel take their seats as they arrive for a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin

 

The Deutschlandtrend poll for public broadcaster ARD/WDR showed support for Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) fell 1 percentage point to 32 percent, the lowest level since Oct 2011 in the survey.

 

The initial welcome Germans showed waves of arriving migrants last summer turned sour by the autumn and has weighed down since then on support in the polls for Merkel and her party, despite their success in slowing the flow.

 

Support for the Social Democrats (SPD), the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition government, rose 1 percentage point to 21 percent. The anti-migrant AfD party was unchanged at 15 percent, making it the third-strongest political force.

 

The Greens lost 1 percentage point to 12 percent while the Left party and the business-friendly FDP party both inched up 1 percentage point to 9 percent respectively 7 percent.

 

The poll of 1,015 people was conducted by Infratest dimap on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

A poll published last week showed nearly half of Germans oppose Merkel remaining in office for a fourth term after the election, a further sign that her handling of the migrant crisis is still weighing on her popularity.

 

 

 

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