Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition dropped below 30 percent for the first time, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The INSA survey, published in Germany’s Bild newspaper, indicated support for the Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister, the CSU, sank 0.5 percentage points to 29.5 percent. The center-left Social Democrats, which govern in a grand coalition with the conservatives, recorded a percentage-point bump to 22 percent. Other polls have the conservatives higher. The Deutschlantrend poll published by German public television last week put the bloc at 33 percent.
Ratings for Merkel’s conservatives declined after she announced Germany would have an open-door migration policy last year, with the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party gaining traction in response. AfD support remained steady in the INSA survey, at 15 percent.
Merkel’s personal approval ratings have also dropped amid the refugee influx but have recently recovered to nearly 60 percent in some polls as the crisis has ebbed.
The Green Party dropped half a percentage point to 11 percent in the INSA poll, while the radical Left party jumped by the same amount to 12 percent.
Germans will vote in the federal election next year.