Ard-deutschlandtrend: "yes" to the family bonus

The family bonus in the GroKo’s economic stimulus package is well received by Germans – that goes from the current one GermanyTrend emerged. Many respondents would like more attention from politics for schools and daycare centers.

It is a comprehensive economic stimulus package that is intended to revive the economy after the corona pandemic: Among other things, there should be a family bonus – families should receive a one-off payment of 300 euros per child, in three tranches. A majority of Germans – 59 percent – believe that such a payment of several hundred euros per child is a step in the right direction. 35 percent consider such a family bonus to be the wrong approach. That was the result of a survey by Infratest dimap for the ARD-DeutschlandTrend on Wednesday – before the exact measures of the economic stimulus package became known.

The Germans are more critical of another measure that has been decided, namely the purchase bonus for new cars: 55 percent spoke before the coalition committee that there should be government incentives for a new car. In the end, the coalition committee decided: A new purchase bonus is only available for electric vehicles. In the survey, 18 percent of citizens supported this. 19 percent would have liked an equally high purchase premium for all engine types, and another six percent would have liked staggered premiums for e-cars and combustion engines.

Not enough focus on kindergartens and schools

The Corona stimulus package affects numerous sectors and industries. Even before it was passed yesterday evening, Infratest dimap wanted to know which areas of society politics had taken care of appropriately, too much or too little. 53 percent of those surveyed think that kindergartens and schools in particular received too little attention in the corona pandemic. 39 percent believe that politicians have taken care of these institutions appropriately so far.

When it comes to gastronomy and restaurants, 46 percent of those surveyed say that politics have taken care of them appropriately; for 45 percent it was too little. 42 percent think that politicians have adequately provided for art and cultural activities, but for 44 percent it was not enough.

The majority of Germans find the political attention given by churches and religious communities (60 percent), travel and tourism providers (53 percent) and hospitals and nursing homes (52 percent) to be appropriate. On the other hand, politics cared too much about professional football during the Corona crisis, say 56 percent. For 31 percent, politics was appropriate here. 48 percent of the auto industry also said that politics had cared too much, 35 percent said it was appropriate.

Own economic situation is viewed positively

The stimulus package is intended to stimulate the German economy. 40 percent of those surveyed currently rate the economic situation in this country as very good or good. That is eight percentage points more than in the previous month. In the same period, the number of those who rate the economic situation as less good or bad has decreased from 67 percent to 59 percent. At the beginning of March, two thirds of Germans rated the economic situation in Germany as very good or good.

Germans still view their personal economic circumstances as being significantly more positive than the current overall economic situation: 80 percent of those surveyed rate their current economic situation as good or very good, one in five as less good or bad. However, even in Corona times, the assessment of one’s own living conditions differs significantly depending on income. At 49 percent, low-income earners are almost four times more likely to be dissatisfied with their own economic situation than higher-income earners.

Majority supports the extent of the easing

Since the end of April the signs have been pointing to easing. Since then, many measures that had restricted public life because of the corona pandemic have been scaled back. 56 percent of those surveyed think that all in all, these relaxations are just right. For 29 percent they go too far, for 13 percent they don’t go far enough.

If you look at the supporters of the parties represented in the Bundestag, most of them believe that the easing is right. AfD supporters alone are very divided on this issue: 38 percent think the easing is right, for 35 percent it does not go far enough, for 27 percent it goes too far.

The federal states are proceeding differently when it comes to easing, as they have the appropriate competence for many areas. 45 percent of those surveyed think it is right that each federal state decides for itself how and when to lift corona restrictions. A majority of 55 percent, however, would like the federal states to proceed in a uniform manner.

42 percent of Germans would use the Corona warning app

The federal government wants to soon present a corona warning app in which infected people can note their positive corona test result. All app users should then be shown when they have been near an infected person for a long time. The data exchange should be anonymized and decentralized.

42 percent of those surveyed would use such a warning app on their own smartphone, but 39 percent would not. Every sixth German (16 percent) says they don’t have a cell phone or smartphone. Of the people who refuse to use the app, almost half (45 percent) justify this with data protection, surveillance or personal rights. 13 percent think such an app does not work, does not help, or think other measures are better.

Union strongest force on Sunday issue

The majority of Germans continue to give the federal government a positive report: 62 percent of those surveyed are very satisfied or satisfied with the work of the coalition made up of the Union and the SPD. That is two percentage points less than in the previous month. Currently, 38 percent are less or not at all satisfied with the work of the federal government. In March, the majority of those surveyed were less or not at all satisfied with the cabinet.

If the general election were on Sunday, the Union would have 38 percent – that’s one point less than in the previous month. The SPD also lost a point and landed at 15 percent. The AfD is stable at nine percent, the FDP improves by one point and comes to six percent. The left is unchanged at eight percent, the Greens improve by one point and land at 19 percent.

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