Support for German opposition leader Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union rose five days before the federal election while its Free Democratic Party preferred ally lost support, creating a tie with the parties in Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's ruling coalition and the Left Party.
Backing for the CDU advanced 1.5 points from a week earlier to 42 percent, a poll by opinion researcher Emnid for N24 television showed. The FDP slipped 0.5 point to 6.5 percent, the poll of around 2,000 people between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12 showed.
Schroeder's Social Democrats fell 1 point to 33.5 percent while his Green party ally and the post-communist Left Party were unchanged at 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, N24 said in an e-mail to news organizations. It's the last poll commissioned by N24 before the election, Bloomberg reports.