February 28, 2018 / 3:34 PM / 20 days ago

Narrow majority of SPD voters for German 'grand coalition': poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - A narrow majority of German Social Democrat (SPD) voters are in favour of a re-run of the party’s ‘grand coalition’ with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, a poll released on Wednesday showed.

German Economy Minister and Leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel (L) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz walk on the podium during the SPD party congress in Berlin, Germany, December 12, 2015 REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files

The SPD’s 464,000 members - a smaller group than those who vote SPD - are deciding in a postal ballot whether to endorse their party leadership’s decision to govern with Merkel for another four years. The ballot results are due on Sunday.

The YouGov survey for the RND media network showed 56 percent of SPD supporters - or voters - backed a re-run of the so-called ‘grand coalition’ with Merkel’s conservative bloc.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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