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Poll shows 50% of Germans favor new elections after coalition talks fail

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Poll shows 50% of Germans favor new elections after coalition talks fail

Half of Germans want a new election following the failure of coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and two other political parties, while one-fifth favor forming a minority government, a Reuters report said Nov. 22.

According to a poll conducted by INSA for the Bild daily, 49.9% are in favor of holding new elections, 48.5% support the refusal of center-left Social Democrats, or SPD, from joining a coalition with Merkel, while 18% favor joining it.

The poll also showed that 28% of Germans hold Free Democratic Party, or FDP, leader Christian Lindner responsible for the failure of the coalition talks, followed by 27% who blame Merkel, while 13% blame Greens leader Cem Ozdemir.

Four out of 10 people polled want Merkel to run again as chancellor if new elections are called while 24% favor a different candidate for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, or CDU. But there is no consensus on who that should be.

Most voters would support a coalition between the CDU and FDP after new elections, followed by a coalition between SPD, Greens, and the left-wing Linke, the report said.

The poll showed that a new election would hardly change the results of the September elections, with the CDU slightly down at 30%, the SPD unchanged at 21%, the Greens at 10% and the FDP at 11%.