Poll: Germans back Merkel's crisis management

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 4:02 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A new poll points to wide approval among Germans for Chancellor Angela Merkel's crisis management following a bailout deal for Cyprus. It also shows Merkel's personal popularity riding high ahead of elections in September.

Merkel's hard-nosed handling of the debt crisis has long been popular at home, though some in her center-right coalition have voiced unease about rescuing struggling eurozone countries and many in those nations resent the conditions attached.

The poll of 1,002 people for ARD television, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, found 65 percent agreed that Merkel has "acted correctly and decisively in the euro crisis." Fifty percent said it was right that investors and savers in Cyprus had to contribute to the bailout.

The poll gave a margin of error of plus or minus up to 3.1 points.

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