Poll: Merkel gains as rightwing support slides after Brexit vote

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative political bloc has won back voters in the wake of the uncertainty unleashed by the British vote to exit the EU, a poll released on Wednesday showed.

Support for Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian-based Christian Social Union (CSU) allies, rose one percentage point to 35 per cent, according to a weekly poll by Berlin-based pollsters Forsa.

At the same time, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) continued to lose ground with the party hit by a new acrimonious power struggle in its leadership.

Founded just three years ago as a euro-sceptic party, the AfD has since lurched to the right setting out an anti-foreigner and anti-Islam agenda, which helped it gain seats in half of Germany's 16 state parliaments in a recent series of elections.

In March, the AfD secured 24.3 per cent of the vote in elections in the economically hard-pressed eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

However, Wednesday's Forsa poll showed national support for the AfD dropping by one percentage point to 9 per cent.

A Forsa poll released last month in the immediate aftermath of the British referendum on the EU showed Merkel's CDU-CSU gaining one percentage point to 34 per cent.

In the same poll, support for the AfD fell one percentage point to 10 per cent.

Last update: Wed, 06/07/2016 - 14:02

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