Two-thirds of SPD supporters back German grand coalition: poll

From Reuters - February 15, 2018

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two thirds of supporters of Germanys Social Democrats (SPD) back forming a coalition government with Angela Merkels conservatives, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

The poll conducted by Kantar Emnid for the Funke group of regional newspapers showed that 66 percent want a grand coalition and only 30 percent favor new elections, while 78 percent of supporters of the conservatives back the coalition.

In a postal ballot starting on Feb. 20, the SPDs 464,000 members will be asked to approve a four-year government program that party leaders clinched last week.

The results of the vote will be announced on March 4. If the deal is rejected, Germany would most likely hold a new election.

The poll also showed that 49 percent of Germans want Merkel to serve another full four-year term as chancellor, while 44 percent want her to hand over to a successor before then.


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