This is an improvement on the 42 percent who supported Merkel’s continued role as the head of state three months ago. Fifty percent of those sampled in August did not want her to run again.
Chancellor Merkel is widely anticipated to announce on Sunday whether she will run for reelection. She was first elected as the chancellor in 2005 and reelected twice in 2009 and 2013. She has been at the helm of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party for 16 years.