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About 40 per cent of Germans think that Chancellor Angela Merkel should resign as a result of her handling of the refugee crisis, according to a poll published Friday.

However, the survey, which was conducted for the weekly Focus magazine by pollsters Insa, found that 45 per cent of respondents wanted Merkel to remain as leader of Europe's biggest economy.

About 15 per cent said that they did not have a view on whether Merkel should stay on as chancellor as she faces the biggest crisis in her more than ten years in power.

Unsurprisingly, 65 per cent of those supporting the new right-wing party Alternative for Germany wanted Merkel to stand down following the influx of more than 1 million refugees into the nation last year.

But the poll also showed that Merkel retained solid backing from the ranks of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian-based Christian Social Union (CSU) allies. Only some 27 per cent of CDU/CSU supporters called for her resignation.

The poll showed that 44 per cent of liberal Free Democrats, which have in past years been regular coalition partner with the CDU/CSU, wanted Merkel to relinquish her post.

More than 41 per cent of supporters of Merkel's current coalition partner, the left-leaning Social Democrats, also wanted her to step down as did 30 per cent of the environmentalist Greens' voters and 45 per cent of the hard-left Die Linke.

The Insa survey was based on the responses of 2,027 voters between January 22 and 25.

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