Voter support for Germany's Social Democratic Party has plunged to a record low of 16 percent, according to a new poll. It comes after leader Martin Schulz resigned amid a leadership crisis.
The latest "DeutschlandTrend Extra" poll, conducted by infratest dimap for German public broadcaster ARD, shows a 2-percentage point drop for the embattled Social Democratic Party (SPD), compared with the last poll two weeks ago.
A whopping 15 percent would opt for the right-wing populist AfD, putting it almost on a par with the SPD. The Greens would garner 13 percent and the Left party would manage 11 percent. The business-friendly FDP would get 9 percent.
SPD leadership crisis
Observers have attributed the SPD's dismal results to its leadership crisis. According to the poll, eight out of 10 voters welcomed Martin Schulz's decision to resign as party chair and to drop his bid for the post of foreign minister.
Parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles, who is slated to become the next party leader, draws mixed reactions from voters — 47 percent do not believe she can pull the party from the brink, 33 percent believe she can.
A mere 42 percent are in favor of such a coalition, a drop of 4 percentage points compared with the last poll at the start of February. Support for Angela Merkel as chancellor is also dropping, with just 50 percent saying they would find it "very good" or "good" if she carried on as head of government. Last October, that figure stood at 61 percent.