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Poll: Tough fight ahead for Merkel's coalition

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September 17, 2013 05:44 AM EST | AP

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BERLIN — With Germany's national election just days away, the latest poll suggests trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition despite her own personal popularity.

A survey released Tuesday by the Forsa Institute for Stern magazine and RTL television show Merkel's Christian Democrats with 39 percent – unchanged from last week. But her junior coalition Free Democrats dropped a percentage point to 5 percent.

The margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, so Merkel's coalition could still win enough in Sunday's balloting to form a new government. But the results are clearly a warning sign.

The Social Democrats polled 25 percent, the Left Party 10 percent and the Greens 9 percent – all unchanged.