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Flight shame survey : Green fans fly the most - and have the worst conscience

The dilemma of air travel in times of climate protection becomes very clear with Greens voters: They fly particularly often, but a bad conscience is also the most widespread among them. This is the result of a survey by the Wahlen research group commissioned by the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry.

On the one hand, the opinion pollers wanted to know whether the respondents had flown at least once in the past twelve months. 46 percent of the Greens voters answered the question in the affirmative. That put them in front of the supporters of all other parties. Just behind were the FDP voters (45 percent), followed by voters from the CDU / CSU (40 percent), the left 32 percent and the SPD (31 percent). At the very bottom were the AfD voters. Only 26 percent said they flew in the last year. Of all those surveyed, 37 percent flew in the last year.

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On the other hand, the research group Wahlen wanted to know whether the respondents have a guilty conscience when they fly. 58 percent of the Greens voters admitted to their flight shame in the survey. These scruples are also widespread among supporters of the other parties on the left, 52 percent of the SPD and 50 percent of those of the left. Flight shame was also expressed by 42 percent of the FDP voters. At the bottom of the scale are the voters of the CDU / CSU (35 percent) and AfD (31 percent).

Incidentally, in the entire population, people without flight shame are still in the majority: 49 percent said that they do not have a guilty conscience when flying. In contrast, 44 percent made it clear that they felt flight shame.

Survey with statistical uncertainty

The research group Wahlen had called 1027 randomly selected people for the representative survey at the end of June. The groups of supporters of the respective parties should have been no more than a few hundred respondents each.

So you have to read the numbers with caution: The statistical deviation is large with such small-group-related statements in surveys. Even a few respondents who do not answer honestly can influence the statistics. The numbers of how many supporters of the parties travel by air are, for example, only one percentage point apart for Green supporters (46 percent) and FDP supporters (45 percent). However, such surveys are quite useful to read a rough trend in the population.

Greens think airfares are too low

The opinion pollers also wanted to know whether the respondents agree with the statement “Prices for flight tickets are by and large too low”. Here the results were similar to those with a guilty conscience: The Greens voters were well ahead with 56 percent approval, followed by supporters of the Left Party (48 percent), FDP (44 percent) and Union (36 percent). AfD voters were at the bottom of the scale, with only 19 percent of them considering the prices too low.

The only deviation from the result of the question on the guilty conscience were the SPD supporters: While the majority of the Social Democrats admitted their flight shame, only 25 percent of them thought the airfares were too low. This shows: SPD supporters in particular value social issues more important than climate protection considerations.

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