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Merkel’s Poll Rating Reaches 10-Month High Amid Brexit Turmoil

  • EU backers gain ground in Germany after U.K.’s vote to leave
  • Chancellor’s approval jumps to 59%, party bloc rises
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approval rating rose to the highest since September as she pledges to hold the European Union together after the U.K. voted to leave.

The poll for ARD television points to a surge in German support for the EU as the outcome of the Brexit referendum on June 23 sinks in. Asked whether Germany mostly benefits from the union, 52 percent agreed, an increase of 13 percentage points from just before the U.K. ballot, according to the Infratest Dimap poll. Those saying the EU tends to disadvantage Germany declined 10 percentage points to 11 percent.