Half of Germans are in favour of calling a new election after Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to reach a deal to form a new coalition with two other parties, while a fifth back forming a minority government, an opinion poll showed.
The poll, conducted by INSA for the Bild daily, showed 49.9% favouring another election. It also showed 48.5% think the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are right to rule out joining a new “grand coalition” with Merkel’s conservatives, which only 18% would favour. The SPD lost ground in the September election after sharing power with Merkel for the last four years.
The collapse of talks between Merkel’s conservative bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens has thrown Germany into political uncertainty and raised the prospect of new elections.
The poll showed that 28% blame FDP leader Christian Lindner for the failure of the talks, followed by 27%, who blame Merkel, while 13% blame Greens leader Cem Ozdemir.
Four out of 10 people polled say Merkel should run again as chancellor if new elections are called, while 24% would prefer another candidate for her Christian Democrats (CDU), although there is little consensus on who that should be.
The poll showed that most voters would prefer a coalition between the CDU and FDP after new elections, followed by a coalition between SPD, Greens and the left-wing Linke.