After several weeks of public debate about the amount and conditions of the citizen's income, many Germans have formed their opinion: Most citizens believe that the unemployed would be better off than those on low wages under the current plans.
54 percent of Germans believe that the planned citizen benefit, which is intended to replace Hartz IV, will make the unemployed better off than low-income workers. 38 percent of those surveyed in the current RTL/ntv trend barometer don't believe that. Only among the supporters of the SPD and the Greens does a majority assume that the unemployed will not be better off than those with low incomes who are employed.
At 55 percent, a majority of Germans estimate that it often happens that someone draws unemployment benefits even though they could work. 42 percent - again mostly supporters of the SPD and the Greens - consider this to be an isolated case.
40 percent of German citizens consider the abolition of Hartz IV and the introduction of citizen income to be important projects. However, a majority of 58 percent does not consider this question to be so important or unimportant. Of the SPD supporters, only a narrow majority of 55 percent considers the abolition of Hartz IV to be important, but 43 percent do not.
Among the SPD emigrants, i.e. the SPD voters in the last federal election who would no longer vote for the party at the moment, only 39 percent consider the abolition of Hartz IV to be an important project, while 60 percent do not.
The data was collected by the market and opinion research institute Forsa on behalf of RTL Germany on November 11 and 14, 2022. Database: 1001 respondents. Statistical error tolerance: /- 3 percentage points.
More information about Forsa here.Forsa surveys commissioned by RTL Germany.