The results of the representative survey 2019 of the city of Hannover have been published. In addition to questions about quality of living and life, the satisfaction of residents and possible problems, citizens were also asked for their opinion on Hannover's bid for the European Capital of Culture.
European Capital of Culture bid is rated positively
During the survey, whicht took place from January to March 2019, around half of the residents stated that they knew that Hannover was applying for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2025”.
71 percent of all residents rated Hannover's application as positive ("very good" or "good"), with 26 percent rating it as "very good". Only 11 percent of all residents gave a negative rating (“less good” or “not good at all”).
Two thirds (66 percent) of the respondents indicated that Hannover's application for the title will have a positive ("very good" or "good") impact on the development of the city. Only 5 percent feared negative effects ("negative" or "very negative").
Citizens like to live in Hannover
90 percent of all residents surveyed liked to live in Hannover. 83 percent of the residents also rated the living and living conditions in their district as "very good" or "good".
The biggest problem was the topic of "construction sites, traffic, traffic jams" (20 percent of all answers), followed by the topic "high rents" with 14 percent. Other responses to Hanover's biggest problem can also be assigned to the subject area of mobility: "bad conditions for cyclists" (5 percent), "parking spaces / parking facilities" (4 percent), "traffic lights" (2 percent) and "condition of the roads" (2nd Percent).
Hannover as a pioneer
Since 1969 the city of Hannover has been carrying out community citizen surveys on urban development. Back then Hannover was, together with Nuremberg, the first city to use this instrument in Germany. The surveys take place every three years, the last ones were carried out in 2008, 2011 and 2015.
On January 16, 2019, a total of 20,088 questionnaires were sent via Infopost with a cover letter and a reply envelope. By the end of the implementation phase on March 8, 2019, a total of 6,628 questionnaires had been sent to the city of Hannover's statistics office. The response rate of 40 percent is well above the recognized guidelines for written surveys by post and can be classified as very good. The results are representative both by age and gender as well as on the spatial level by neighborhood.
A German summary of the representative survey 2019 can be found here. The entire survey can be downloaded as a PDF document (850 kB) in German here.