Only 33 percent of Germans were more concerned about health issues with respect to COVID-19, the survey of more than 1,350 German voters found.
In late March, the government approved the “largest aid package” in the country’s history to fight the coronavirus and finance a “protective shield” for families, employees, self-employed people and companies.
A majority of 59 percent considered government support for companies and businesses as “just right.” Only 22 percent of Germans thought that state aid was still too low while nine percent said the government was even doing too much for the economy.
As part of the state aid program, companies can apply for funds from the special credit line offered by the government. So far, more than 50,000 applications for credits totaling more than 47.5 billion euros (52.9 billion U.S. dollars) had been received by the state development bank KfW.
According to the survey, 71 percent of Germans expected the economic situation in Germany to deteriorate sharply as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis.
However, only 12 percent feared a sharp deterioration of their own financial situation, while 86 percent of Germans did not expect their financial situation to suffer, the survey showed.
On Thursday, the government announced to extend state-guaranteed wage payments to parents to a maximum of 20 weeks. Wages would be covered by two-thirds if parents had to look after their children at home due to the shutdown of schools and day care centers for children.
German citizens were divided about the future development of the coronavirus. The survey found that 42 percent of those polled believed that Germany had already overcome the worst, while 51 percent believed that the worst was yet to come.