Insa poll Martin Schulz's Candidacy Boosts Social Democrats

Support for Germany's center-left party has significantly increased since former European Parliament President Martin Schulz became its chancellery candidate.
Martin Schulz is the Social Democratic Party's nominee to oppose Angela Merkel in this year's national elections in Germany.

New Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz has pledged to connect with ordinary people and stand for justice. The party is re-energized, but the question remains if this new optimism will help it gain enough votes to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to new numbers, things are looking positive for the SPD, the junior coalition partner in Ms. Merkel's government. The party achieved its best result in two and a half years in a recent INSA poll, German tabloid Bild reported on Tuesday.

While Ms. Merkel's Christian Democrats remained stable at 32.5 percent, the poll puts the Social Democrats at 26 percent, which is five percent higher than in the previous week. All other parties' numbers are dropping.

The Greens lost one percentage point and are down to 7.5 percent. The Left Party had 10.5 percent (minus 0.5) and the libertarian party FDP 6.5 percent (minus 1). The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, had the largest losses (1.5 percent) and is at 13 percent.

2.088 people were interviewed for the poll between January 27 and 30. Mr. Schulz's candidacy was announced on 24 January.