Just over half of the Germans think that the SPD should get rid of Merkel: survey

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PHOTO PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel awaits the arrival of the participants ahead of the "G20 Compact with Africa" ​​summit at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on October 30, 2018. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) – A small majority of Germans would like the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner of Angela Merkel's coalition, to leave the government, with only supporters of the chancellor's chancellors eager to stay, according to a survey.

The poll, conducted by pollster Civey for the t-online.de news portal, reinforces the hand of the most radical wing of the SPD, which states that the party has no chance to recover from a series of catastrophic results. of elections while remaining in government.

The poll of 5,098 people between October 28 and October 30 found that about 52% of Germans thought that SPD should leave the coalition after Merkel announced that she would resign as president of her Christian Democrats , but will remain in office as chancellor.

The departure of the SPD would deprive the conservative blockade of Merkel of its parliamentary majority.

Written by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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