BERLIN – A new poll is adding to indications that Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal popularity is taking a knock amid the influx of migrants to Germany, though there's no sign of serious political damage.
The Infratest Dimap poll of 1,001 people for ARD television, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, found 54 percent of respondents satisfied with Merkel, nine points fewer than a month earlier. Satisfaction with Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, the most prominent critic of her welcoming stance toward refugees, was up 11 points to 39 percent.
The poll also showed 51 percent of respondents saying they're worried so many refugees are coming, a 13-point rise.
Still, support for Merkel's Union bloc stood at 40 percent, a two-point dip that was within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.