BERLIN (Reuters) – Two thirds of supporters of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) back forming a coalition government with Angela Merkel’s 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.
Ballot - Feb - SPD - Members - Government
In a postal ballot starting on Feb. 20, the SPD’s 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.
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The poll also showed that 49 percent of Germans want Merkel to serve another full...
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