Poll: Merkel's popularity highest in over 2 years

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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 3:48 AM
Poll: Merkel's popularity highest in over 2 years

A poll shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at its highest since her second term began in 2009, despite new turbulence in her center-right coalition.

The poll for Stern magazine released Wednesday, based on a 0-100 scale of confidence, put Merkel on 64 points.

That was two points higher than in December and the best since the coalition of Merkel's conservative bloc and the pro-business Free Democrats took power in October 2009.

The alliance has become notorious for infighting. The Free Democrats recently forced Merkel to accept Joachim Gauck, a candidate she previously opposed, as Germany's next president.

Merkel, however, has won respect for her handling of the eurozone debt crisis. The poll of 1,001 people, conducted Feb. 22-23, gave a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.