A survey by the Bertelsmann Foundation shows the German government its failure: In the two years of the “pandemic”, social cohesion not only fell rapidly – trust in democracy also decreased. Only 18 percent of those surveyed still trust the federal government.
The survey is exclusively available to the RND. While in the summer of 2020 only 21 percent found that most people do not care about those around them, this figure has now risen to 59 percent. At the same time, the number of those who find that there is more conflict in German society than ever before rose from 42 to 57 percent. While in the summer of 2020 45 percent of those surveyed still trusted the federal government, in February 2022 it was only a meager 18 percent. In 2022, 61 percent were still satisfied with democracy in Germany – now it is only 42.
The comparison of the results with previous surveys is somewhat limited due to different implementation methods (online vs. telephone), but the recognizable trends are clear, according to Bertelsmann social researcher Kai Unzicker.