January 28, 2020
The result of the ‘Trends in Turkey’ [Türkiye Eğilimleri] survey which has been held for ten years was announced at a meeting held at Kadir Has University in previous days. The study, which was prepared by an academic team under the coordination of Prof. Mustafa Aydın was conducted between November 25 and December 13 2019 with 1000 people over the age of 18 living in city centers in 26 provinces. ‘Trends in Turkey’ Survey gives us a detailed photo of today’s Turkey and Turkey is an important case which helps keep the pulse of the public with questions on different topics.
The earlier name was ‘Social-Political Trends’ Survey of the study. It is seen that the content of the study has been enriched with the addition of different issues from headscarf issue to the earthquake issue. In the report, the “threat perception” of Turkish public stays the same as the previous studies. After the US, Israel is regarded as the most dangerous state in Turkey. This year, a change was made and the number of countries asked in the survey was increased. For this reason, although the rate has decreased compared to previous years, the ranking has not changed much.
It is noteworthy to state that, Turkey’s most important trade partners of the EU member states, NATO allies, Russia, China, our geographical neighbors and Arab countries are all evaluated as “threats” to some degree more or less. Looking at the table, North Korea, Bulgaria, India and even Myanmar have got their share of threat perception. This can be said that the Sevres Syndrome continues in today’s Turkey.
When it comes to the question of “Which countries should Turkey cooperate with?”, many countries including Russia tend to fall, while cooperation with the Turkic Republics is supported, although the government does not have such a foreign policy decision.
Another significant question posed in the Survey is about the people’s choice of neighbors. According to the answers, non-Muslims are among the unwanted people as neighbors. The Arabs, Alevis and Kurds are also at the top of the ranking. When looked at social identities, homosexuals and refugees are not wanted as neighbors as well. When it comes to asking “Who should your child marry?” Generally, someone from their own group is preferred. Foreigners, people with different religious sects, different educational levels, cultural and sociological backgrounds are undesirable.
‘Trends in Turkey’ Survey provides insightful details about politics, economy, foreign policy, Kurdish question and terror. This study is a valuable work in terms of showing the agenda of the Turkish population regarding these issues. Click to reach all the outputs of the research.Author : Begum Burak