1217 GMT March 23, 2019
Ahead of European elections in May and four regional votes this year, the Emnid poll for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper put support for the SPD, which shares power with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, at 19 percent, up two points from a week ago, Reuters reported.
That was the highest level since the start of September and put them in second place for the first time since October, above the environmentalist Greens who dropped two points to 15 percent.
Merkel’s conservative bloc was unchanged at 30 percent. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was also unchanged, at 13 percent.
The poll offers a rare sign of hope for the SPD after it, in 2017, suffered its worst federal election performance since 1947. It subsequently lost even more ground largely because it agreed to share power again with Merkel, experts say.
It hit a low of 14 percent in an Emnid poll in November.
In an effort to win back traditional supporters angry about compromises made with the conservatives in government, the SPD last week unveiled plans to make unemployment benefits and pensions more generous.