The study also found that most Germans feel comfortable expressing their views among friends but not in public because there are too many unwritten laws, which opinions are acceptable and which aren’t.
Of the 1283 people asked, 59 per cent from the age of 16 said they can express their views among friends, only 18 per cent believe the same is possible in public.
Among friends 34 per cent only carefully expressed their views. In public this number goes up to 58 per cent. Only 17 per cent express themselves freely on the Internet.
As a reason rude arguments were given. A total of 36 per cent said they are careful on the Internet.
Furthermore 41 per cent criticized Political Correctness becoming a burden, leading 35 per cent to believe that free expression of opinions is only possible in private circles.
Two-thirds believe it is unnecessary to have to use the term people with “migrant background” to talks about foreigners.
Citizens expressed a complete lack of understanding for changing existing texts, like the classic “Pippi Lonstocking” to ensure they correspond with today’s sensibilities and norms.
Only 14 per cent support changing texts. 75 per cent plead to keep their childhood classics as they are.
However 76 per cent believe comments by Gauland of the Alternative for Germany about Hitler only being a bird shit on Germany’s 1000 years of successful history are completely unacceptable.
This is the conclusion of a representative survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy, published in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (“FAZ”). The pollsters had addressed a whole series of questions to participants.