A deadly virus is rampant all over the world, there is no effective medicine and no vaccine against it, and yet the Germans are not the most afraid of corona – but of climate change. This was the result of a survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy.
According to the “Security Report 2020 Special Corona”, 34 percent of the 1,013 respondents on the phone stated that climate change was their biggest personal concern at the moment – 30 percent said that for the corona virus. In third place is concern about loss of income (26 percent).
Germans fear the economic consequences of the corona crisis
According to the survey, the fear of being personally infected with the corona virus has also decreased in Germany in the past few weeks. In April, there were 44 percent who feared being infected with the causative agent of the lung disease Covid-19, compared to 31 percent a month later.
In contrast, the fear of loss of wealth as a result of the pandemic has grown. According to the survey, this concern also concerns those who have not personally suffered any loss of income so far. 70 percent of the population expect that the economy will not yet recover in the next twelve months. 46 percent of the survey participants say they expect the pandemic to worsen their own economic situation.
The general view of the future is also deteriorating. Only 22 percent of those surveyed are hopeful about the coming year. 44 percent, on the other hand, fear the next twelve months. 27 percent express skepticism.
Widespread belief in conspiracy theories – despite high levels of support for government work
Many participants in the Allensbach survey also expressed more than skepticism about the intentions of politics in the Corona crisis.
The institute asked: “Sometimes you hear that the measures against the corona crisis are about something completely different from what politics and the media say. Is there something in your opinion, or is that in your opinion an unfounded suspicion? ”Over a quarter of Germans (27 percent) believe there is something there; 56 percent think the suspicion is unfounded, 17 percent are undecided.
38 percent of those surveyed also have the impression that the Corona crisis is trying to frighten people so that they accept the political measures without complaint. As with the question of political intentions in the Corona crisis, an overwhelming majority of AfD supporters agreed with this statement.
The susceptibility to conspiracy theories among those questioned is surprising given the high level of approval for the work of the federal government in the Corona crisis. Around three quarters of the citizens surveyed are satisfied with the government’s work. The AfD voters are once again the exception. 62 percent of right-wing populists believe that the federal government is not doing a good job here.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) received the greatest approval in the crisis, who repeatedly urged caution in easing the anti-corona measures. Citizens are almost as satisfied with Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) (70 percent). The crisis management of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU), on the other hand, is only convincing for 32 percent of those surveyed.
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