Poll: Merkel popularity hit by ski accident absence

Feb 19, 2014, 6:18 AM EST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the Bundestag, or German federal Parliament, on February 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity has slipped in the last few months and dipped 4 points in the last week alone, due in part to her forced absence after a skiing accident at the end of last year, a poll showed on Wednesday. Although conservative Merkel, who has shared power with the Social Democrats (SPD) since mid-December, still enjoys a strong rating of 53 percent, it has fallen 12 points from the start of October, according to the Forsa survey.
Background:
Merkel popularity hit by ski accident absence, shows poll [Reuters]
Merkel turns to Hollande to regain spark amid domestic woes [Bloomberg]