BERLIN, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- One fifths western Germans had never been to the east part of the country, according to a survey published on Tuesday, a signal of remaining gap between the east and west despite 22 years of unification.
Commissioned by newspaper Bild, the survey was based on interviews with 1005 people in east and west Germany between 28 September and 1 October.
While 21 percent of westerners had never been to the former east Germany, 91 percent of the interviewees from east Germany said they had visited the west part of the country.
Overall, three quarters, or 74 percent, of Germans see "mentality differences" between the old and new federal states. "Money-oriented" was the typical western characteristics seen by 36 percent of all respondents, while 17 percent of all saw it as typical eastern.
For the fact that both their state leaders, Federal President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel, came from the former east Germany, 64 percent of respondents said "it doesn't matter."