Continued Lockdown: What are german youngsters thinking?

Looking back at January 2021 we investigated how german youngsters behave during lockdown.

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We are looking back at a Bitburst Research survey conducted in January 2021. Against the backdrop of the tightened Corona measures, a cross-sectional online survey was conducted among 400 Germans aged 16 to 35. The sprint-survey was filled in under 8 hours. What does the younger population think about the measures and do they really behave as nonconformably as they are accused of? There are clear trends to be found.

The satisfaction of the young population is low. 40% of them are not satisfied with the current measures. Of them, only about 30% believe that the masks protect them, and a third of the dissatisfied do not want to be vaccinated. Where this dissatisfaction comes from varies widely: there are 34% who think the current measures to contain the Corona pandemic are too lax. In contrast, 29% find the measures too strict. It is notable here that among AfD voters, nearly 63% think the current Corona measures are too strict. Likewise, they feel the mask requirement is their biggest burden along with the continued lockdown. On a general average, Social Distancing and the retail lockdown impose the most severe restrictions on the young population.

With regard to the mask requirement, other trends emerge. More than two-thirds of respondents wear a mask in everyday life even when it is not mandatory. Among vaccination opponents, only 54% voluntarily wear a mask, and among AfD voters, only 46% do so. A large proportion of respondents are convinced of the protective function of masks. Among the vaccination optimists, 62% believe that the mask protects them. Among AfD voters, only 12% believe this.46% of respondents can benefit from efforts to keep schools closed and move working people to home offices. Another 27% continue to learn and work locally. This shows that of the younger portion, 16- to 18-year-olds, more than half are already learning and working from home. Among 26- to 35-year-olds, it's even, with 35% on-site and 38% in the home office.

The survey clearly reflects a general trend toward online shopping. For example, 40% of people said they purchased more products through online vendors during the pandemic than before. Another 15% made purchases exclusively online. In contrast, for the post-pandemic period, one-third of participants plan to shop mostly to exclusively at retail stores. Vaccination readiness among the young population is high, at 52% overall. A single outlier is the AfD voters, 65% of whom do not want to be vaccinated.