The results of the Burson-Marsteller 2009 Lobbying Survey. Methodology of the survey. 50 interviews in Brussels and 30 interviews were completed in: Austria, Czech, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Spain and UK.
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Scale of 1 to 10
German politicians look for a critical exchange with Lobbyists
Lobbying seen as positive in terms of raising the importance of an issue(74%),and sharing expertise (61%) compared to a50%and47%European average
By far the greatest concerns that lobbying can represent an undue influence on the democratic process (58%compared to a23%European average)
Transparency and objective information are vital
65%of German respondents see lobbying negatively when it lacks transparency and question the neutrality of lobbyists
The receptivity of German regulators to speaking with a lobbyist depends greatly on how well the lobbyist has prepared his case (71%; European average40%)