European Elections

‘For God’s sake Angela, go!’ – Merkel blow as poll finds TWO THIRDS want new leader



ANGELA Merkel’s desperate attempts to cling onto power were looking increasingly forlorn today as a bombshell poll revealed two-thirds of Germans think it is time for her to go.

In another hammer blow to the Chancellor’s hopes of getting re-elected a majority of voters surveyed said they want to see a new leader in place before the end of the year.According to a poll carried out by YouGov an overwhelming 64 per cent of Germans think it is time for a fresh face at the helm in Berlin, boosting the campaign of her rival Martin Schulz

Angela MerkelGETTY

Two-thirds of Germans want Angela Merkel to go, according to a new poll

And fewer than one in ten voters strongly believe that Mrs Merkel should lead the country forward for the next four years, underlining an alarming slump in her popularity.The dynamite result follows a slew of dire opinion surveys for the embattled leader which have shown former eurocrat Mr Schulz making massive inroads into her fragile lead.

Former eurocrat Martin SchulzGETTY

Former eurocrat Martin Schulz is hunting her down in the polls

Protesters against Angela Merkel's immigration policyGETTY

Mrs Merkel’s controversial immigration policies have divided Germany

It raises the previously unthinkable prospect that Mrs Merkel, for so long seen as bulletproof, could be on course for a humbling defeat in this autumn’s general election.Her reputation has been badly battered by her controversial open door asylum policy, which divided voters and let to a surge in support for the far-right Alternative fur Deutschland.

And the results of the recent YouGov survey, published yesterday, will make grim reading for the Chancellor and her allies as she plots her re-election campaign.

Overall 42 per cent of voters quizzed said it was “definitely” time for their leader to stand aside for someone else, whilst a further 22 per cent said it was “probably” better if she went.That compared with a dismal eight per cent who said Mrs Merkel should “definitely” stay in post and only 19 per cent who said they would “probably” back her for a fourth term in office.

Most worryingly of all for the embattled Berlin chief, an astonishing 42 per cent of Christian Democrat (CDU) voters said it was time for their party leader to hang up her boots.

The survey was just the latest in a long line of less than encouraging recent polls for the Chancellor which have shown how Mr Schulz has almost entirely eaten up her once comfortable lead.

Voters see the former European Parliament president as a political outsider whose energy can shake up Berlin’s tired system and have rallied behind his liberal party.

A recent poll published by INSA showed Mr Schulz on 31 per cent ahead of Mrs Merkel’s CDU, which has slumped to a near historic low share of the vote of just 30 per cent.A poll published in May last year, before Mrs Merkel announced her intention to run for a fourth term, showed that two-thirds of people thought she should not stand for re-election.

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