Most Germans say they are unaffected by Fridays for Future movement: poll

The majority of Germans did not think that their personal attitude to environmental and climate issues had changed as a result of the Fridays for Future movement, according to the latest DeutschlandTrend survey published by public broadcaster ARD on Friday.

According to the survey, 72 percent of Germans said that they had not or had “hardly changed” by the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and her protest movement.

Meanwhile, one in four Germans surveyed were “strongly” or “very strongly” influenced in their attitudes by the Swedish climate activist.

The Fridays for Future climate movement, initiated by Thunberg, was seen as particularly effective by German Green Party supporters, 43 percent of whom said in the survey that Thunberg had impressed them very much.

In contrast, supporters of the conservative union CDU/CSU, the German Free Democrats (FDP) as well as the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) were “hardly affected” or “not at all affected” by the movement.

Also according to the survey, significantly more Germans were now paying more attention to a healthy diet than they were five years ago at 49 percent.