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The survey for public broadcaster ARD showed that 56 percent of respondents believed Wulff should not resign over the scandal that risks damaging Chancellor Angela Merkel, who backed him for the presidency in 2010.

It was conducted on Thursday, a day after Wulff gave a television interview in which he acknowledged making a "grave mistake" by leaving a voicemail message for the editor of top-selling German newspaper Bild last month in a bid to stop publication of the story about his private home loan.

German media have reported Wulff threatened "war" and legal action if Bild went ahead with the story.

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