Crisis management inadequate: Survey: majority for tougher lockdown

Insufficient crisis management
Poll: Majority in favor of tougher lockdown

More than two thirds of German citizens want a harder lockdown in view of the increasing number of infections, as a survey shows. At the same time, the federal and state governments are receiving a pretty bad testimony to their corona policy.

The majority of Germans support the call for a tougher lockdown to combat the corona pandemic. Two thirds (67 percent) of German citizens agree to a corresponding appeal from intensive care physicians in view of the increasing number of infections, as a representative survey by infratest dimap for the ARD Germany trend shows.

The doctors are calling for social life in Germany to be shut down for two to three weeks in order to prevent the hospitals from becoming overloaded. The current measures do not go far enough for about half of the respondents (48 percent). This is 16 percentage points more than in mid-March. A good quarter of the respondents said that the current measures were sufficient (24 percent) or too strict (24 percent).

A large majority of the federal and state governments give bad marks for the crisis management. Around four fifths (79 percent) see their work as much more critical than at the beginning of February (56 percent). Only 19 percent see the government’s course in the crisis as positive. This is particularly evident in the judgment on the sluggish vaccination strategy. 83 percent of those surveyed are currently less or not at all satisfied with the course of the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus

The so-called “emergency brake” is controversial: One half of Germans (49 percent) are in favor of a binding implementation of the regulation, with which, according to an agreement concluded at the beginning of March, the federal and state governments react to rapidly increasing infection rates by withdrawing easing should. The other half (48 percent), on the other hand, think it would be better to check the situation regionally and re-weigh it.

For the survey, 1348 people were interviewed between March 29 and 30, 2021. The survey was carried out using online and telephone surveys.