Support for Merkel's CDU at lowest since Nov

REU0254 3 OVR 274 ( ABN D E RBN BNX G M AFA CSA LBY RWSA RWS REULB GNS SXNA WEU DE EUROP DIP VOTE POL EZC CEEU GEN PIL ) L5E7JL05S GERMANY-POLL/ Support for Merkel's CDU at lowest since Nov BERLIN, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has dropped to its lowest level since November last year, a poll showed on Sunday, giving the opposition Social Democrats a few extra points just weeks before two regional elections. The survey by pollsters Emnid and published by Bild am Sonntag newspaper showed Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) dropped two percentage points to 31 percent. The Social Democrats -- with whom Merkel's party had a grand coalition in the last legislative period to 2009 -- gained two percentage points to 29 percent, the survey showed. Germans in two of the country's 16 federal states vote next month: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Sept. 4 and the city-state of the capital Berlin on Sept. 18. The next federal election is due in 2013. SPD head and former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier ruled out another grand coalition at the weekend, telling Der Spiegel magazine it would not happen "in the foreseeable future", even if the Conservatives' current alliance with the Free Democrats (FDP) were to break down. The FDP gained one percentage point to 5 percent in the poll, just hitting the threshold it would need to enter parliament. The Greens environmental party, the SPD's preferred coalition partner, lost one percentage point to 20 percent, down from its peak earlier this year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. That puts the Social Democrats and Greens at 49 percent, ahead of the CDU and FDP, which together stood at 36 percent. The poll was carried out between Aug. 11 and 17 and canvassed 2,366 people. (Reporting by Annika Breidthardt; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall) REUTERS 1105 210811 GMT