BERLIN, September 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The German federal election is too close pTo be triggered because the number of still undecided voters hit a record less than two weeks before the poll, in which center-right Chancellor Angela Merkel is not running for a fifth term, a poll revealed on Tuesday.
The poll by the Allensbach research institute for the Conservative newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung found that only 60% of voters determined to participate in the election had yet decided which party they will support.
This means that 40% of voters are still undecided, compared to 35% at this stage of the election campaign in 2017 and only 24% in 2013.
As the main reason for their indecision, around two in three respondents said that none of the top candidates running to replace Merkel as chancellor was not convincing.
So Respondents also disagreedclarified that their indecision stems from the fact that a lot can still happen before Election Day. Others said they did not know how the party they were inclined to support might behave in future coalition talks.
A Forsa poll for RTL / n-tv published on Tuesday showed that Merkel's conservatives with their top candidate Armin Laschet had gained two percentage points over the week to reach 21%.
But the center-left Social Democrats and their first candidate Olaf Scholz, current Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Finance, remained in pole position with a stable rate of 25%.
The Greens held steady at 17%, the Free Democrats (FDP) in favor of business at 11%, the far-right AfD at 11% and the far left Linke at 6%.
That signifies that Scholz could become chancellor in a three-way coalition with either the Greens and the FDP, also known as the 'traffic light ' coalition, or am a left-wing alliance with the Greens and the Linke.
But Laschet could, theoretically, also try to form a three-way coalition with the FDP and the Green Vegetables. All parties have ruled out working with the far-right AfD. Report by Michael Nienaber Edited by Gareth Jones
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