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Christmas and Corona: Germans want to do without a lot


Attending church at Christmas is evidently dispensable for many people this year.
Attending church at Christmas is evidently dispensable for many people this year.
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Faith is one of the pillars of the political program of the CDU and CSU, it is not for nothing that both have the word “Christian” at the front of the party name. In view of this, a representative Civey survey for NewsABC.net is now delivering surprising results: In the corona pandemic, especially people who want to vote for the Union parties are prepared to forego church attendance at Christmas this year.

Accordingly, half (50.5 percent) of the supporters of the CDU and CSU do not want to go to church. That is the highest value of all parties. Followed by supporters of the Greens (49.4 percent) and the SPD (48.6 percent). AfD supporters are most likely to want to go to church services, only 35.6 percent want to do without.

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Generally speaking, Germans state that they want to limit themselves to many things. According to this, 52.8 percent of those surveyed do not want to travel. 62.1 percent do not want to go to a Christmas market, a total of 44.5 percent of those surveyed do not want to go to church, and 36.9 percent do not want to visit relatives. Around a fifth (19.4 percent) say they do not want to buy gifts in retail stores.

At least 17.5 percent of those surveyed say that they do not want to do without anything. Men are apparently less willing to restrict themselves. 19.6 percent of the male respondents answered that they will not do without. For women it was 15.4 percent.

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The survey shows that the older they are, the more restrictive they are. 62.8 percent of the over-65s want to forego a big party. Among the 18-29-year-olds it is significantly less at 53.7 percent. The proportion of those who do not want to do without anything is also higher among the younger generation: among 30-39 year olds it is 20.9 percent, among those over 65 it is 13.4 percent.

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There are also notable differences in party politics. People who say they want to vote for the AfD are less inclined to restrict themselves. 53.0 percent answered that they did not want to do without anything. For FDP supporters it is 30.9 percent, for the left 21.8 percent. For supporters of the SPD and Union it is 9.2 percent each, for potential Greens voters 6.9 percent.

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