People cast their vote in an advance postal ballot for the upcoming general elections in Berlin. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has slipped and over a third of Germans are still unsure how they will vote, an opinion poll showed Friday, fueling uncertainty about what kind of coalition will emerge from an election on Sept. 24 .There surely could be some surprises on election night," said Gero Neugebauer, political scientist at Berlin's Free University.He doubted the SPD could overtake Merkel's conservatives, who he expected to be the largest parliamentary party with the Social Democrats the second biggest.Friday's poll showed support for the far-left Linke stood at 9 percent, with the Greens at 8 percent.The survey showed there would be sufficient support for both a repeat of the incumbent "grand coalition" of Merkel's conservatives and the SPD, and for a so-called Jamaica coalition of the conservatives, FDP and Greens.A separate poll released Thursday showed support for the SPD had slumped to its lowest level this year – at 20 percent – with Merkel's conservatives steady at 37 percent.
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