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October 25, 2003
Germany's Schroeder and SPD in Political Free Fall - Anti-Americanism Backfiring

Instant karma's gonna get you ... gonna knock you off your feet:

The latest opinion poll by the German TV-channel ZDF currently shows the SPD at a new historic record-breaking low of 22 % in the approval ratings. This current result is down a full 5 percentage points from the already painfully low 27% approval rating of a few weeks ago.

On a scale from -5 to +5 the German government clocks a -1.7 - the worst result of any German government since the start of TV channel ZDF's "Politbarometer" in 1977. For the SPD and Schroeder, these results amount to nothing less than political free fall.

In the meantime, the conservative opposition CDU's support edged up to a solid majority at 53 %.

22% ... that's Gray Davis territory, isn't it?

Until now, Schroeder could always count on anti-American policies to give him a lift in the polls when he was in trouble at home. Just this week, the SPD attempted to play the very same card by refusing to forgive Iraq its $4.6 billion debt to Germany. Then the SPD went further by only sending a deputy minister to the Madrid Donor Conference and refusing to pledge more to Iraq's reconstruction than the miserly 193 million Euro already pledged by the EU. But apparently, most Germans (who were helped out of their post-war misery by the Marshall Plan) are starting to see through Schroeder's cynical brand of opportunistic politics.

How disappointing for Schroeder that he's based his entire political future on opposing the US. Of course, he can always count on support from Germans like this. Oh, wait, those Germans don't want to be in Germany, do they? Where is it that they want to be? The same country that Schroeder opposes? He's lucky he still has 22% support. (via Instapundit)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 25, 2003 10:12 PM

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