German poll puts Merkel's conservatives down 2.5 points

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Posted: Jan 19, 2016 2:32 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc fell 2.5 percentage points to 32.5 percent, its lowest level since the 2013 election, an INSA poll in Germany's top-selling Bild newspaper showed on Tuesday.

The poll also put the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) up 1 point at 12.5 percent. INSA tends to put the AfD slightly higher than most other polling institutes.

Bild gave no reason for the drop but Merkel's popularity and that of her conservative bloc has been falling since the refugee crisis.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Joseph Nasr)