In Germany, the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research has regularly conducted surveys since 1953 on the public's perception of freedom of political expression. Since the 1960s, at least two thirds of those surveyed have usually believed that they were free to express their views and opinions. However, according to the 2021 survey commissioned by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the statistics have changed dramatically in recent times: only 45% of respondents now say they would express their political opinions under any circumstances, while 44% now think it is better not to express their views on political issues. The survey also asked about which topics Germans feel they have to be careful about what they say so as not to offend anyone. These included gender-appropriate language, Islam and patriotism. What could be behind this phenomenon? Dr. Thomas PETERSEN, researcher at the Allensbach Institute, will present the results of the study, which will be discussed in a panel discussion with Prof. Werner J. PATZELT, MCC visiting fellow, and Dr. Ágoston Sámuel MRÁZ, director of Nézőpont Institute.


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