Last year, only 38 percent of eastern Germans thought democracy was a good form of government, the study said. In 2000, it was 49 percent.
That percentage for Germans in the western part of the country was higher, with 80 percent in 2000 and 71 percent in 2005 believing it was a positive form of government.
The study found three-quarters of eastern Germans find socialism to be a good idea, but acknowledge it was poorly executed in the past. Only 46 percent of western Germans hold this view.