Half of Germans favor 'grand coalition'

Survey also showed that 62 percent of CDU/CSU electorates and 56 percent of SPD electorates preferred a CDU/CSU and SPD coalition to form federal government

Half of Germans favor 'grand coalition'

World Bulletin/News Desk

A German survey indicated that 48 percent of the German people preferred a coalition of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the main center-left party Social Democrats (SPD).

According to the Infratest dimap opinion survey of 1,000 people commissioned by ARD, Germany's leading national public TV station, 48 percent of survey respondents wanted a coalition of Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance, the winner of the general federal elections on September 22, and the SPD, which emerged as the second strongest party by securing 192 seats in the Bundestag.

However, only 18 percent of respondents voted in favor of a CDU/CSU and Greens coalition.

The survey also showed that 62 percent of CDU/CSU electorates and 56 percent of SPD electorates preferred a CDU/CSU and SPD coalition, namely a “grand coalition,” to form the federal government.

The rate of people opting for a coalition of the SPD, Greens and Left Party was only 16 percent. Prior to the elections, all parties pledged they would not engage in a coalition with the Left.

Asked of their expectations from the new government, 92 percent of respondents said debts must be decreased while 88 percent voted for a fall in energy prices and another 85 percent wanted the minimum wage to be put into force.

The Infratest dimap regularly monitors the current political mood in Germany between elections on behalf of ARD by measuring voting intentions in Germany.

In the September 22 general elections, Merkel's conservative bloc took about 41.5 percent of the votes in the lower house of the federal parliament, or Bundestag, securing 311 seats -- just 5 seats short of an absolute majority. It is now pushing for a grand coalition with the Social Democrats, who won about 26 percent of the votes as the second strongest party.

Last Mod: 27 Eylül 2013, 16:29
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