Public confidence in safety sees steep decline in Germany

There is a significant difference in party preferences on this issue, with the vast majority of government party supporters feeling safe, while opposition voters do not share this sentiment. In particular, citizens place their trust in one party to combat crime.


Bloodbaths such as the deadly terrorist attack in Mannheim and the gruesome murder in Bad Oeynhausen have put domestic security at the centre of political attention. According to a July survey by Deutschlandtrend, 13 percent of citizens feel completely safe and 43 percent feel „rather safe” when out and about in public areas. At the same time, 40 percent of the population feel „somewhat” (31 percent) or „very” (9 percent) unsafe when strolling or staying in public squares, streets and parks or while taking public transport.

Another survey also shows that public perception of secrutiy has seen a steady decline in recent years. In a survey conducted in January 2017, three-quarters of the population said they felt „somewhat” or „very” safe in public spaces – compared to 23 percent who did not feel this way.

The survey also found that almost half the people, 49 percent, are most often afraid of being mugged. 46 percent of respondents fear being insulted on the street, while 27 per cent worry about being beaten up or beconming the victim of a terrorist attack. One fifth of respondents said they fear being raped in public.

Germans have confidence in one party in particular when it comes to combating crime: in the party alliance of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), with 37% of those surveyed saying so. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party came in second with 16 percent, followed by the Social Democrats with eleven percent.



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