Umfrage: Vertrauen der Ostdeutschen in staatliche Institutionen geht massiv zurück

12 Jan. 2022 07:39

Germans have less and less trust in social and political institutions. Especially in the east. In addition to the constant distrust of the press and television, the police and the Federal Constitutional Court have recently lost a massive amount of approval.

Corona crisis and the consequences? Germans’ trust in social institutions is falling, according to a survey by the polling institute Forsa for the RTL / ntvTrend barometer for the turn of the year 2021/22. The East Germans in particular caused poor poll numbers.

One of the questions asked was which social institutions German citizens have “great confidence” in. A total of 87 percent said this about the medical profession. The police followed in second place with 79 percent, one percentage point less than a year ago. The highest loss of trust was recorded by the Federal Constitutional Court, courts in general and television, each with minus five points.

Trust in polling institutes, radio and the press fell by three points each. There was only a small loss of one point in trust in the police and universities compared to the previous year. The trend barometer also measured a decline in trust with regard to political institutions.

In the east, the picture looks significantly different than the national average. The reputation of the Federal Constitutional Court in particular suffered here. While 76 percent of those questioned in the west still had “great confidence” in him, the court in the east fell to 55 points in comparison. This is followed by the radio (57 in the west, 39 in the east) and other dishes (70 and 52) with a difference of 18 counters. At 48 percent, not even every second person in the West trusts the press, and in the East it is only 32 percent. In the Bundeswehr there are 56 citizens in the west and 44 in the east. Television remains at the bottom: in the west 33 percent are convinced of this, in the east only 27 percent.

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