Angela Merkel still leads polls ahead of German election
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives remained three points ahead of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), with 34 percent, the Forsa survey for Stern and RTL showed.
The poll showed Frau Merkel pipping Herr Schulz if there were a direct vote for chancellor, winning by 38 percent to his 37 percent.
That result marked a one percentage point rise in support for Frau Merkel from a week ago, with Herr Schulz unchanged.
Support for the Social Democrats stagnated after the nomination of Martin Schulz
Herr Schulz must now present a convincing programme
Manfred Guellner, Forsa chief
The SPD, Frau Merkel's junior coalition partner, had been trailing the conservatives for years in opinion polls until the nomination of Herr Schulz sparked a revival in support for the party, which last won an election under Gerhard Schroeder in 2002.
"In order to succeed Chancellor Merkel, Herr Schulz must now present a convincing programme," Forsa chief Manfred Guellner said.
The Forsa put the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) in third place, down one percentage point on the week at 9 percent.
'MERKEL MUST GO': Brussels protest against German Chancellor Tue, February 14, 2017
Angry campaigners held placards with slogans reading 'Merkel not welcomed' and 'Merkel must go' following a spate of terror attacks against Germany.
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Protest on the sidelines of Angela Merkel's official visit in Brussels
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The German federal election will take place on September 24
The far-left Linke were unchanged on 8 percent and the Greens fell one percentage point to 7 percent.
The liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were at 5 percent.
Forsa polled 2,502 voters from February 5 to 10.
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