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Germans more optimistic about post-lockdown world than French, Spanish and Italians - poll

Germans appear more confident about life post-lockdown than the French, Spanish and Italians, a Euronews-commissioned poll has found.

Data from the survey, carried out by Redfield and Wilton Strategies, has found Germans feel a little less cautious than other Europeans as the continent emerges from months of coronavirus restrictions.

The survey recorded the views of 6,000 people in total — 1,500 from each of the participant countries of France, Germany, Italy and Spain — between July 17-18 to get a better idea of how COVID-19 has continued to affect daily life.


Borders, for instance, are something that more than half the German respondents believed should be kept open, contrary to their French, Italian and Spanish counterparts.

The French were most in favour of shutting borders (63%), followed by Spain (57%) and Italy (54%).
None of the countries surveyed, however, were confident of travelling to other nations by aeroplane, but the Germans did show an individual keenness to travel internationally by car.

 People appear to be overwhelmingly reluctant to travel by airThibault Camus/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

This does not mean the Germans are planning to take advantage of an open border — if there is one — as 61% said they now do not intend to travel anywhere this summer.

All four countries also agreed that it would not be safe to allow tourists from Germany, the UK and other parts of Northern Europe into Spain, Italy and the rest of Southern Europe, despite extra measures in place.

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