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>> German politicians taking a nerve-racking test, to find out if their own views match those of their party. With more undecided German voters than in recent years, the Wahl-O-Mat, or Vote-O-Meter in English, could help decide which way to vote in three weeks' time. Another online tool is a regular feature of German elections.
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It's particularly significant this year, as Reuters, Andrea Shalal, explains.>> A recent poll showed that 46% of Germans don't know yet what decision they're gonna make when they go to the ballot on September 24th. That is the highest rate of people being undecided, that we've seen in something like 20 years.
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>> Participants choose whether they agree, disagree, or are neutral about 38 statements. Covering issues from the Greek debt crisis, to limits on migration. Those are the talking points identified by 26 young people in recent months.>> Cheese.>> And it's young people that the Wahl-O-Mat is especially designed to engage.
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>> For many young people, Angela Merkel has been the chancellor for close to their entire lifetimes. So it's interesting Merkel is actually running well ahead in the polls. She's expected to get a fourth term. It 's just not clear who she'll wind up governing with.>> Thomas Kruger who runs the office behind the Wahl-O-Mat.
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Says research shows that around 6% of those who were not planning to participate in the election, changed their minds after using the tool. And that potentially gives it a significant role in shaping Germany's political landscape.