The 9-euro ticket caused mixed reactions among people in Germany. Approval or rejection mainly depends on the region. When it comes to tank discounts, on the other hand, people agree.

According to a survey, less than half of all adult Germans rated the 9-euro ticket positively. This was the result of a representative survey conducted by the opinion research institute Civey among 10,000 citizens on behalf of the Eon Foundation.

According to this, 43 percent of the German citizens surveyed see the introduction positively, 38 percent see a negative measure by the federal government.

The rejection of the ticket is greatest in structurally weak and sparsely populated regions. “The districts with the lowest approval rate include the Mecklenburg Lake District, East Frisia or parts of Franconia,” said a spokesman. In densely populated regions such as Hamburg, Berlin and the Ruhr area, on the other hand, the measure was clearly approved by more than 50 percent of those surveyed.

Changed mobility behavior in medium-sized cities

Of the ticket holders, 57 percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to use local public transport much more frequently. “A particular willingness to change mobility behavior is particularly evident in medium-sized cities such as Rastatt, Coburg, Kaiserslautern and Gelsenkirchen.”

The tank discount introduced for three months was seen by only 6 percent of those surveyed as the most sensible measure to reduce financial burdens. Other measures that have been decided on, such as financial transfer payments or the 9-euro ticket, are also not considered to be fundamentally suitable for reducing existing burdens. This was the opinion of 53 percent of those surveyed.

The managing director of the Eon Foundation, Stephan Muschick, spoke in connection with the survey results of a split in the different mobility needs between town and country. “While people in the cities get their monthly passes for three months as a gift, the desired reduction in the price of petrol does not arrive in the country.”