East Germans say communism is a good idea

23rd August 2004, Comments 0 comments

23 August 2004, BERLIN - Some 15 years after the Berlin Wall came down, more than 75 percent of eastern Germans polled in a survey released Monday believe communism to be a good idea in theory. Over half of the people in formerly communist eastern Germany are disillusioned with democracy, said the survey by Datenreport 2004. Some 25 percent of respondents agree with the statement: "There are other, better forms of government than democracy." A whopping 76 percent eastern Germans said they believed communis

23 August 2004

BERLIN - Some 15 years after the Berlin Wall came down, more than 75 percent of eastern Germans polled in a survey released Monday believe communism to be a good idea in theory.

Over half of the people in formerly communist eastern Germany are disillusioned with democracy, said the survey by Datenreport 2004.

Some 25 percent of respondents agree with the statement: "There are other, better forms of government than democracy."

A whopping 76 percent eastern Germans said they believed communism was a good idea that was only poorly carried out by the regime in the former German Democratic Republic.

Surprisingly, the survey showed a majority of western Germans (51 percent) also agree with that sentiment. However, 80 percent of western Germans said they believe in democracy.

The survey's findings were published as tens of thousands of people in eastern Germany prepared to take to the streets Monday evening to protest against Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's controversial economic and social reforms.

Last Monday some 90,000 eastern German protesters took to the streets in what was heralded as a revival of the Monday evening protests in 1989 that brought down the eastern German regime.

DPA

Subject: German news

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