Worries about economic consequences: every second person has little hope of coping with the pandemic

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Worries about economic consequences
Every second person has little hope in coping with the pandemic

Is Germany getting the corona pandemic under control? Half of Germans have massive doubts. In addition, concerns are increasing when looking to the future and social peace. After all, the change in power in the USA smoothed a few lines of concern among German citizens.

The ongoing corona pandemic with its high number of infections and deaths as well as massive economic and personal restrictions is increasingly depressing citizens. More and more people are concerned about the consequences for companies, but also for the mood in the country, as the safety report of the Center for Strategy and Higher Leadership shows. At the same time, the new burdens pushed earlier concerns into the background.

Every second respondent (50 percent) now fears that Germany will not get the pandemic under control. Almost as many (52 percent each) said they were unsure how things would go from here and feared the country would split into irreconcilable camps. According to the information, citizens were most concerned about the economic impact of the crisis: Seven out of ten respondents (70 percent) said they had major concerns. In May, 57 percent of citizens believed that economic aid would be helpful, currently only 40 percent see it that way.

Almost two thirds (65 percent) also expressed concern that violence and crime could increase. The respondents are also worried that the general situation in the world will become increasingly uncertain (62 percent) and the fear that Islam will gain influence in Germany (50 percent). More than half (54 percent) are also concerned about climate change, the growing differences between rich and poor (60 percent) and the question of affordable housing (50 percent).

Compared to the previous surveys, worries about their own financial situation increased again. A good third of the respondents (32 percent each) felt threatened by loss of income and rising inflation. Almost one in five (18) worries about their job.

Naturally, a large part of the survey was devoted to questions of security, foreign policy and the Bundeswehr. This shows that the respondents’ feeling of threat has mostly decreased compared to previous years – for example with a view to the terrorist threat or thefts and break-ins. Ultimately, 82 percent of those surveyed said they felt safe or very safe in Germany – 12 percentage points more than last year.

According to the study, the reputation of the Bundeswehr has increased significantly in the current situation. 60 percent consider their involvement in the Corona crisis to be helpful – after 30 percent in May. In the wake of this, 81 percent are in favor of giving the Bundeswehr more options for internal operations in times of crisis – especially in the event of natural disasters (91 percent), medical aid (88 percent) and transport support (86 percent). However, only a third (32 percent) would like the soldiers to take over the leadership of crisis teams in such exceptional situations.

Finally, the survey also looks at parts of world politics. And here it shows that the citizens have high hopes for the change in the White House. Last year 61 percent thought that the United States posed a major threat to world peace, now the figure is 31 percent. With 50 percent, significantly fewer respondents attribute a risk potential to Iran. In contrast, the increase in respondents who see China as a threat to world peace has continued. 46 percent now agree with this finding. And brand new in the survey: 58 percent see the corona pandemic as a threat to stability in the world.

With regard to the USA, 59 percent say that under President Joe Biden the conditions for Germany’s security have risen. As many as 65 percent think this applies to peace and security around the world. There is also a little more confidence in the question of whether the USA is a reliable ally for the Federal Republic. 31 percent would say yes – an increase of ten points. However, 35 percent answered this question with no – but a year ago it was 53 percent, more than half of those surveyed.

For the survey, the Center for Strategy and Higher Leadership, according to the Allensbach survey institute, carried out 1080 oral and personal interviews between January 10 and 20, which represented a representative cross-section of the German population aged 16 and over. The Center for Strategy and Higher Leadership sees itself as a specialist in the training and coaching of executives.

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