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Merkel no longer Germans' favorite politician

Friday - 2/7/2014, 5:32am  ET

BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been bumped from the top spot in a regular poll of the country's favorite politician for the first time in two years.

Public broadcaster ARD says Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier had an approval rating of 70 percent, one point ahead of Merkel.

The gap is within the 3.1-percentage-point margin of error in the telephone poll of 1,008 voters conducted Feb. 3-4.

The results released late Thursday also had the anti-euro party Alternative fuer Deutschland at 6 percent in advance of the May 25 elections for the European Parliament. That's well ahead of the 3 percent threshold for parliamentary seats.


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