Leipzig (dpa/sn) - According to a survey, acceptance of the energy transition is falling in Lusatia. After a positive trend in the past year, the proportion of supporters has again fallen significantly by 13 percentage points to 44 percent compared to the previous year. At the same time, the rate of critics rose from 26 percent to 37 percent, market research institute MAS Partners announced on Tuesday in Leipzig. "We completed our survey before the start of the Ukraine war. We therefore assume that the mood among the people of Lusatia with regard to the energy transition has deteriorated further," said managing director Stefan Bischoff.
Above all, the phase-out scenarios for coal and nuclear power are therefore being questioned more strongly. According to the survey, those in favor of phasing out coal and nuclear power are in the minority in Lusatia. 39 percent of those surveyed are in favor of phasing out coal by 2038, compared to 45 percent. Only a good third (35 percent) are in favor of phasing out nuclear energy, while 49 percent are against it. In Germany as a whole, on the other hand, the mood is clearly in favor of phasing out coal (61 percent) and also in favor of phasing out nuclear power (51 percent). The proportion of supporters of renewable energies is still high, but there is a downward trend. Solar energy is supported the most (81 percent).
For the Lausitz Monitor, 1,000 people aged 16 and over were interviewed in the region from February 4th to 14th.