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The euro is gaining acceptance: AfD voters in particular miss the D-Mark

Euro is gaining acceptance
AfD voters in particular miss the D-Mark

The longing for the D-Mark is disappearing, but it is still very great. According to a Forsa survey, it is particularly pronounced among supporters of the AfD and the Left Party.

The D-Mark was replaced by the Euro 20 years ago. And many German citizens still mourn the old mark afterwards. The current RTL / ntv trend barometer shows that if they were allowed to vote, 33 percent of all respondents would have preferred the D-Mark back.

This means that the proportion of those who feel a strong longing for the D-Mark is, however, lower than it was ten years ago. In 2005, 56 percent of all respondents still favor a return to the D-Mark, in 2011 it was 45 percent.

Only among AfD supporters does a majority still want the D-Mark back, namely 80 percent of them. The proportion of supporters of the Greens is lowest at 14 percent. For SPD supporters it is 24 percent, for the FDP 28 percent, for the Union 30 percent and for the left 36 percent.

Many still have Deutschmarks

More than half of the respondents (54 percent) stated that it still happens that they convert euro prices into D-Marks for larger purchases. This is more often the case with AfD supporters. Overall, the proportion of those who sometimes still convert prices into D-Marks has fallen significantly in the last 12 years. Every third respondent (32 percent) says they still own D-Marks.

Around two thirds of those surveyed (69 percent), a little less than ten years ago (minus ten percentage points), have the personal impression that life in Germany has become more expensive with the introduction of the euro. One in four (27 percent) does not share this impression. East Germans in particular, those over 45 and AfD supporters believe that life in Germany has become more expensive as a result of the introduction of the euro.

The data was collected by the market and opinion research institute Forsa on behalf of RTL Germany from December 17th to 20th, 2021. Database: 1005 respondents. Statistical error tolerance: +/- 3 percentage points.

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