A wafer-thin majority in favor of a ban on combustion cars

According to a survey, many people in Germany are in general for a ban on cars with internal combustion engines. When it comes to the question of how quickly such a ban should come, there are different ideas.

As emerges from the representative survey by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the car sales platform mobile.de, a wafer-thin majority is in favor of Germany a ban on internal combustion engines. 42.8 percent are in favor of a ban, 42.3 percent against. The rest did not want to commit or gave no information.

Most of the proponents, on the other hand, are in favor of an end to the combustion engine by 2030 at the latest, and slightly less in 2025.

Different results in different age groups

If you only count those survey participants who are also drivers themselves, the majority is against a ban on combustion. With 48.2 percent opponents and 41.0 percent supporters, the difference is not too great here either. According to the survey, a particularly large number of those who support bans can be found in the group of 18 to 34-year-olds, where more than one in two is in favor and the tendency is also for a rather rapid implementation. There is least approval in the age group from 45 to 54 years.

A good 40 percent of all respondents do not believe, however, that a ban on internal combustion engines would be a suitable means of helping new technologies such as batteries or fuel cell powered cars to make a breakthrough. They are more likely to think that these will prevail on their own if the citizens are ready for it. On the other hand, almost 18 percent say that it won’t work without a ban. Around 31 percent think: partly, partly.

There are always very different demands in politics about a possible combustion ban. Recently there had been discussions about a possible new Euro 7 emission standard from 2025in which the car industry, the considerations should be implemented, sees a de facto end for combustion engines.

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