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Exclusive survey This is how the Germans rate the coalition agreement

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The traffic light tips have praised their coalition agreement, the future opposition parties have sharply criticized it. So far, so expectable. But: How satisfied are the party supporters with the paper? An exclusive survey provides answers.

The traffic light parties have presented the coalition agreement. The timetable for the next four years provides, among other things, that the minimum wage will rise from 9.60 euros to 12 euros, Hartz IV will be converted into citizens’ money and the share of renewable energy will grow to 80 percent by 2030.

According to the paper, more refugees will be able to bring their relatives to Germany in the future. Cannabis is legalized. The pension level and retirement age are to be kept constant, the debt brake is to be adhered to again from 2023 – and that without tax increases.

The traffic light coalition celebrated their agreement. The future opposition, however, cursed. For the left the FDP share in the contract is too high, the AfD speaks the other way around of a “left project” in which the FDP is only an appendage.

But: How do the people in the country actually see the treaty? On behalf of t-online, the opinion research institute Civey asked the readers: “Are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the plans in the coalition agreement of the federal traffic light coalition?”

Overall, the criticism prevails. 39 percent of those surveyed are dissatisfied, only 34 percent are satisfied.

Displeasure is particularly pronounced among supporters of the opposition parties. AfD supporters see the traffic light contract with the greatest bitterness (81 percent), Union voters are not quite as dissatisfied in comparison (63 percent). The majority of those on the left also reject the paper (40 percent), but are largely undecided.

The look into the government camp is exciting. While the supporters of the SPD and the Greens judge almost identically and are each more than 60 percent satisfied, the FDP voters can see far fewer positive things from the treaty. Only 39 percent believe that the paper is good overall, 31 percent are undecided, and 28 percent reject it.

A look at the attitude towards the rising minimum wage shows why this could be, among other things. There is broad approval of 70 percent in the population. More than 90 percent of the SPD and Greens supporters each say that they had taken the decision positively.

The FDP voters, however, are much more restrained. Most of them find more money for low-wage earners correct – but only 55 percent do so.

About the method: The survey included the responses of more than 5,000 people selected as representative of the population, who were asked online between November 24th and 26th, 2021: “Are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the plans in the coalition agreement of the federal traffic light coalition? How do you rate it Do you know that the federal traffic light coalition wants to raise the minimum wage to 12 euros? ” The statistical error for the overall results when asked about satisfaction with the coalition agreement is 2.5 percent; it can deviate for subgroups.

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