Germans believe energy crisis measures pointless in winter: Poll
50% of respondents believe that the government's anti-crisis initiatives "will not help them make it through the winter financially," as per the study.
Half of Germans feel that the federal government's attempts to address the energy crisis will not secure their wallets throughout the winter, as per a survey conducted by the Institute for New Social Answers (INSA).
50% of respondents believe that the government's anti-crisis initiatives "will not help them make it through the winter financially," as per the study. Only a little more than one-third (36%) disagree, the study showed.
While 58% believe they will be able to pay their costs this winter, 28% believe they will not. Only 36% of individuals earning less than $994 indicated they had enough money to pay their bills. This demonstrated that the energy crisis was an "existential disaster" for many people, as per German newspaper Bild.
Every third German has no money for Christmas gifts this year. At the same time, despite the crisis, 46% stated they can afford presents.
According to the poll, nearly one-quarter of Germans (23%) are concerned about losing their jobs as energy prices rise, while 67% believe the crisis will have no effect on their employment.
There was no information about the poll's timing or scale.
In the midst of Europe's energy crisis, the German parliament passed a 200 billion euro emergency plan in October. The monies will be utilized to boost the national economy through 2024, including down payments on individual homes' gas bills beginning in December.
The biggest economy in Europe was largely reliant on Russian gas and scrambled to increase its supplies before winter after exports from Russia were stopped following the start of the war in Ukraine.
The administration said that recent energy-saving initiatives and sizable gas purchases from other providers had resulted in important advancements.
Berlin has also implemented policies that permit the use of more coal-based energy and lower energy consumption in public structures.
Additionally, it has invested $1.46 billion in the purchase of liquefied natural gas from Qatar and the United States, two of its key suppliers. Five new LNG terminals are also being developed for the purpose of importing LNG by sea.
However, Germans seem to have a different say as they question the government’s measures amid rising fear of not having the ability to fight off the upcoming cold in Europe.