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FILE PHOTO - German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel addresses the CDU party convention in Essen, Germany, December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives were ahead of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in the latest poll published six months before what is shaping up to be a tight national election.

The conservatives were up one percentage point on 33 percent in the latest Ipsos poll compared with the same survey two weeks ago while the SPD also gained one point to 30 percent.

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) was steady on 11 percent - a result that would mean it emerges from a Sept. 24 election as the third biggest party.

The far-left Linke and the Greens were both on 8 percent while the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) were on 6 percent, meaning they would cross the 5 percent threshold necessary to enter parliament.

The survey of 1,055 people was carried out from March 17 to 20.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin, editing by Emma Thomasson)

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