Survey: internal unity of east and west not yet achieved

According to a recent survey, the growing together of germans in east and west has only progressed in mini-steps since 2011. In a survey by the forsa polling institute, only one in two said that people had grown together as a nation 27 years after unification.

In september 2011, this figure was 47 percent, according to the survey. Currently, 46 percent said that the divisive issue still outweighed the other two (2011: 50 percent). Four percent answered "female not".

Between the 13. And 21. 1037 people nationwide were surveyed in september. The foundation for the reappraisal of the SED dictatorship commissioned the survey.

Anna kaminsky, managing director, said: "internal unity does not come overnight, but it does come."Since 2003, the trend has been that people are increasingly thinking in all-german terms. "We as the federal foundation will continue to demand this development."

According to the survey, the proportion of skeptics in the eastern german states (55 percent) is higher than in the western german states (45 percent), but has dropped significantly since 2011. At that time, 67 percent of those surveyed in eastern germany were of the opinion that the dividing line outweighed the dividing line between the two countries.

There are also clear differences of opinion between young and old. While a total of 65 percent of 14- to 21-year-olds said that the germans had grown together as a nation, only 40 percent of the over-60s said that they had.

According to the survey, 57 percent of bundesburgers are in favor of a further reappraisal of the SED dictatorship. 37 percent no longer consider this necessary. The rest did not make any statements. It was striking that the respondents with a high school diploma and a university degree were most in favor of continuing to deal with the past (68 percent), while only 40 percent of those with a high school diploma said the same.

The group of 14- to 21-year-olds was most in favor of not dealing further with the GDR’s past (47 percent), while the age group of 45- to 59-year-olds was most in favor of dealing further (59 percent).

The fact that the young people in particular felt there was little to separate east and west was described by managing director kaminsky as gratifying, as was the vote in favor of further reappraisal of the SED dictatorship. Given the current threats to democracy around the world, this is a positive signal.