Via Flemish newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen I happened upon this ZDF poll (pop-up, right of screen with header Blitzumfrage nach der Wahl) which would indicate that a large majority of German voters, about 70%, are unhappy with the election results.
The grassroots of both FDP (88%) and CDU/CSU (81%) are particularly unhappy, followed by Linke.PDS (69%), Grï¿½ne (68%) and SPD (61%).
33% of the polled voters seem to prefer a Grand Coalition between Schrï¿½der’s SPD and Merkel’s CDU, and half of those would like to see Schrï¿½der leading that coalition, with Merkel getting 43% of the votes. Interestingly, the Jamaican (CDU/CSU + FDP + Greens) option still comes second with 26%.
These ‘results’ contrast nicely with the following quote, taken from this BBC News article:
Mrs Merkel has urged Mr Schroeder’s SPD to “accept that they are not the strongest party” and enter talks on forming a broad coalition under her leadership.
Both parties will be holding talks later this month with smaller parties in a bid to find coalition partners, as neither side wants to cede power to the other in a joint “grand coalition”.
I would like to invite readers who are familiar with public discourse in Germany, and I use the word ‘public’ as in ‘pub talk’, to give their impressions. After all, politics is about the people. Or isn’t it?