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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 41 (May 1946)

German reactions,   pp. 16-19 PDF (1.9 MB)


Page 19


Question 1. ,,Do you believe that MG and the German civil administration
will be
able to hold most prices to their present level ?'
The answers:
Yes (firmly convinced) . ...
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . .
No   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .
No (firmly convinced) . . .
Worried, can't say ......
No opinion . ........
mid-November
23 0/0 70 0/0
47 0/0
5 0/
4 0/0  21 0/0
12 0/0 J
9 0/0
mid-January
40 o/ }71 0/
31 °/ 0
mid-February
32 4/0 77 0/A
45 0/O o
4 0/0                  7  / 1
3   /0   21   /0       7 70/0 j14 0/0
14 0/0                  *
9 °/0
8 o1o
Question 2. Do you believe that most prices will remain at the same levels
as they
are today, or do you believe that there will be a rise or fall in price?"
The answers:
Rise     . . .    . .   .  . .   . . .    .
Fall .   . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remain the same         .  . . . . .      .
mid-January
29 0/0
15 0/0
37 0/o)
No opinion..    ....     20 0/0
mid-February
56 0/0
7 0/0
25 0/0
13 0/0
Question 3. ,,Do you think that the Reichsmark will be worth as much in half
a year
as it is today ?"
The answers:
Yes certainly .. . . . . ..      7 0/0
Yes fairly sure  . . . . . . . . 21 0/0
No .49 /0
No opinion   ......... 23 0/0
*) Attitude not separated on this survey.
Fig 1 The Germans fear relaxation of price controls.
their money. On the mid-February sur-
vey, half the sampled public stated that
they did not believe the Reichsmark
would be worth as much in six months
as it is today. Since this question was
not asked previously, it is not possible
to judge whether there is a trend toward
decreasing confidence in the Reichsmark,
but there is good supplementary evidence
to indicate that this is probably the case.
In the first few months of this year, the
German population has been agitated
periodically by increasingly strong ru-
mors about the stability of the currency.
Concern over the value of the currency
and over inflationary possibilities was
greater among some groups in the po-
pulation than others. The higher the
socio-economic status of the respondent,
the more 4ikely wais he to fear these
developments. Thus 40 percent of the
members iof the upper economic groups,
but only 29 percent of the poorest feared
inflationary developments. These fears
were also somewhat more prevalent
lamong the better-educated (8 years or
more 'of education) *and among those
under 30 years of age.
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