According to the German public, protection of the climate and the environment are the most important issues: in a survey conducted by the public opinion research company Forsa, 37 percent of Germans put it in first place. Immigration and the social integration of refugees came second at 29 percent. Dissatisfaction with political parties and politicians came third.
Poverty, inequality, rising rents, the state of institutions providing care for the elderly, the spread of extreme right-wing ideologies and growing xenophobia are also considered important social problems. The assessment of the greatest problems varied significantly by region, age and party preference in the country with a population of 83 million.
In western regions, most people believe that climate change is the most important problem at 39 percent, with migration in second place at 27 percent. In the eastern region covering the former East Germany, the situation is the opposite; the greatest portion of the population of that region (36 percent) put migration in first place, while 28 percent believed climate change to be the most important challenge.
People over 60 tended to put migration, housing and the care of the elderly in first place.
Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency
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