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Half of Germans oppose Merkel’s fourth Chancellor term: Poll

Half of Germans oppose Merkel’s fourth Chancellor term: PollHalf of Germans won’t support Chancellor Angela Merkel if she seeks a fourth consecutive term, a survey published on Sunday in the newspaper Bild am Sonntag showed.

The poll was conducted by the polling company Emnid. 501 Germans were asked in August whether or not they would like to see Angela Merkel serve another term as Chancellor after the federal election in second half of 2017.

According to the results, 50 percent of poll participants won’t support a new term for the Chancellor. Another 42 percent were in favor for Merkel to continue to stay at her post.

The previous survey, commissioned by Bild am Sonntag in November, showed 45 percent had been in favor of Merkel serving a fourth term, with 48 percent against.

Since then Merkel, who took the position in 2005, was widely criticized both citizens and politicians for her “open doors” refugee policies.

While asked about plans for the 2017 election, Merkel said on Tuesday: “I will comment on that at the appropriate time. I'm sticking to that."

If Merkel win another term, she could set a new record for the longest time in office for a Chancellor. The current record belongs to Helmut Kohl who retained his post for 16 years from 1982 to 1998.
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