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Majority believes: Chancellor duel will influence election

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 | World News

Most Germans assume that the television debate between Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz will influence the outcome of the Bundestag election. Three weeks before the election, the chancellor's lead remains high.

According to an Emnid poll for the "Bild am Sonntag", 82 per cent believe that the TV duel of the Federal Chancellor and her SPD challenger will affect the outcome of the election. While 52 per cent of the interviewees only had a "minor impact", 20 per cent were convinced of a "rather strong" and ten per cent of a "very strong" influence of the TV duel. Only 14 percent of respondents expressed any impact on the outcome of the election; four percent did not provide any information on the issue.

Does Schulz still make the turn?
Whether the debate, which is broadcasted live on the sunday evening by ARD, ZDF, RTL and Sat.1, can actually bring the turnaround for the SPD boss rejected in the polls remains more than questionable. According to Emnid, 50 percent of respondents are currently still voting. Schulz, on the other hand, can only combine 25 percent. 16 percent would not vote for either of them.

  The SPD, however, feels a slight backwind before the debate. Compared to the previous week, the Social Democrats increased by one percentage point to 24 percent in the survey. The Greens were among the winners (plus one percentage point) and are now eight percent.

Merkel's Union remains constant
The upswing of the FDP, on the other hand, appears to be a slight damping: the Liberals lose one point as a single party and fall back to eight percent. There are no changes for Merkel's CDU and its sister party CSU (38 per cent), the left (nine per cent) and the AFD (eight per cent).


In the TV duel, the CDU chairperson and the SPD chancellor candidate will exchange their positions on migration, foreign policy, social justice and internal security for 90 minutes. Merkel and Schulz are interviewed by journalists from all four participating stations.

In the run-up, the SPD and ex-ZDF chief editor Nikolaus Brender had accused the chancellor of having dictated the conditions and rules for the broadcast. The stations had also wanted a second duel, which Merkel however rejected.


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