BERLIN, Sep. 5 (DPA / EP) –
Almost half of the German electorate believes that the Social Democratic Party (SPD) should take a left turn, after ruling for years with the conservatives of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), according to a poll released Thursday by the public network ZDF
44 percent of German voters and 45 percent of SPD supporters believe that social democrats should adopt more leftist positions, compared to 21 and 16 percent, respectively, who advocate a more focused line. On the other hand, 25 percent of the electorate and 16 percent of supporters believe that the SPD should not make changes.
Questioned directly about whether the SPD should maintain the 'great coalition' that has allowed it to govern ten years with the Angela Merkel CDU, 50 percent of the voters and 45 percent of the voters of the SPD prefer to go to the opposing ranks.
The SPD, which is now immersed in a primary process to elect its next leader from among 15 candidates, has seen its popular support fall at this time. Currently, polls grant him 15 percent.