According to the ARD DeutschlandTrend, the high inflation rates are making themselves felt in people’s everyday lives. The CDU/CSU is pulling away from the SPD in the Sunday poll.
By Ellen Ehni, WDR
Prices for energy and food are rising – and people in Germany are feeling the effects: 47 percent say they have to make very severe or severe restrictions in their everyday lives as a result. This is particularly true for low-income households, where 77 percent state this – but also for citizens from eastern Germany, 59 percent of whom say they have to restrict themselves. At the beginning of the week, the Federal Statistical Office put inflation at 7.9 percent. Inflation rates the likes of which have never been seen in reunified Germany.
To mitigate inflation, the government has adopted several measures that are supported by a majority. Six out of ten Germans support the temporary reduction of the energy tax on fuels (61 percent) as well as the planned energy price flat rate of 300 euros for employed persons (59 percent). The introduction of the so-called 9-euro ticket for the use of local and regional public transport in the next three months meets with slightly more approval (64 percent).
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Almost every second person wants to use 9-euro ticket
According to their own statements, almost every second German wants to use this ticket: According to the survey, 46 percent will definitely or probably make use of the ticket – two points more than in the survey in mid-May. A slight majority of 53 percent do not intend to use the ticket or will definitely not use it (+/- 0). In cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, the number of people who want to use the 9-euro ticket is higher: There, it is 58 percent. In smaller communities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants, on the other hand, six out of ten (61 percent) say they are unlikely or definitely not going to use this offer.
Just under one in four drivers (23 percent) say they will use their car less often in the coming months thanks to the 9-euro ticket. Overall, however, demand for the 9-euro ticket in households with a car is slightly below average: 58 percent of drivers are unlikely to use the offer or will definitely not use it.
Displeasure with public transportation prices
The basic assessment of local public transportation is largely critical. Half of Germans (51 percent) are satisfied with their local public transport connections. In rural areas, however, where there is a fundamentally more critical view of local public transportation, the majority of people are negative about the connections: 60 percent are dissatisfied, and only 33 percent are satisfied. When it comes to the reliability of timetables, the negative assessments predominate among all Germans (46:36 percent). The greatest annoyance, however, is with the existing prices. 60 percent of Germans are less satisfied or not at all satisfied with them, and only 22 percent are very satisfied or satisfied. Making local public transport more attractive in terms of price could therefore also attract users in Germany in the long term.