Covid-19 in Saxony

For more than a year, the Corona pandemic has dominated the political agenda. In the course of a 'second wave' in winter 2020/21, Germany was significantly more affected by contagions, deaths and political restrictions than in the 'first wave'. Even though in surveys a clear majority of the population repeatedly rejected the protests against the Corona policy by initiatives such as 'Querdenken', it is speculated to what extent social and political-cultural factors contributed to the spread of the virus. These connections have been discussed in particular in Saxony, where both infection rates were significantly elevated and particularly large numbers of people took to the streets to protest the measures. Thus, Saxony is particularly suitable for assessing the social and political-cultural context of various Corona measures. By means of a quantitative data collection, the attitudes of Saxon citizens towards the pandemic, the previous Corona policy as well as towards different measures will therefore be surveyed in a representative way and compared on an individual level with certain political dispositions. A possible relationship between political preferences and the tendency to disregard Corona rules will also be examined on a reliable data basis, and subjective impressions of the impact of the pandemic on social cohesion in Saxony and beyond will be assessed.


Dr. Maik Herold
Research Associate
Tel: +49 351 463-42470

Cyrill Otteni, M.A.
Research Associate

Tel: +49 351 463-35722