Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives has hit its lowest level during a year, a poll released on Wednesday showed, as frustration over her government’s management of the coronavirus crisis grows.
Facing a federal election in September without Merkel, who is standing aside after four terms, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and Bavarian CSU sister party dropped 4 percentage points during a week to 29%, the Forsa poll showed.That is rock bottom level since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany in March 2020 and follows historic defeats in two regional votes on Sunday.
The Greens were the most important winner, up 3 points at 21%, while the opposite main parties stayed unchanged. The Social Democrats, junior partner in Merkel’s right-left coalition, were on 16%.Many Germans are angry a few sluggish vaccine rollout which was in the week dealt an extra blow by a choice to suspend AstraZeneca doses over safety fears.Infections are rising even as some lockdown restrictions are eased and additionally to the vaccine problems, comprehensive testing systems aren't yet in situ.
Firms in Europe’s biggest economy have complained about delays in aid payments and a mask procurement scandal within the conservative bloc has tainted its reputation further.Deputy leader of the pro-business Free Democrats Wolfgang Kubicki said Merkel needed to sack ministers.
“There are only a couple of months until the election but changing (Jens) Spahn as Health Minister would help establish new confidence within the state among the population,” Kubicki told RND media, adding Economy Minister Peter Altmaier should also go.