Merkel’s party faces drubbing in Hamburg vote -poll

BERLIN, Dec 1 (BestGrowthStock) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
Christian Democrats (CDU) are facing heavy defeat in a snap
state election in Hamburg set for February, an opinion poll
published on Wednesday showed.

The ZDF TV Politbarometer poll showed the opposition Social
Democrats would win 41 percent and their preferred coalition
partners the Greens would take 21 percent. That is up from 34.1
percent and 9.6 percent, respectively, in the last election.

Merkel’s CDU, which has run Germany’s second largest city
since 2001, would plunge to 22 percent compared to the 42.6
percent they won in the 2008 vote.

Her conservatives have lost control already of the German
Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, when they were beaten
in North Rhine-Westphalia in a May election, forcing them to
make compromises with the centre-left SPD.

The conservatives still rule in 10 of Germany’s 16 federal
states but face defeats in several of the seven state elections
set for 2011. The next federal election is due in 2013.

The first and only CDU-Greens coalition in German history
unexpectedly collapsed in Hamburg on Sunday when the Greens left
the regional government after a series of policy disputes and
previous CDU mayor Ole von Beust quit politics [ID:nLDE6AR0IF].

Merkel and her conservatives have suffered a steep decline
in national opinion polls since taking power a year ago with the
pro-business Free Democrats even though the economy is growing
strongly after emerging from its worst post-war recession.

Before being defeated by the CDU in 2001, the SPD had run
the left-leaning port city Hamburg for 44 consecutive years.The
Politbarometer poll of 1,006 voters was conducted on Nov. 29-30.
(Writing by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Merkel’s party faces drubbing in Hamburg vote -poll