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Survey: Turkish Public in Favor Of EU - Dislikes the US
2003-09-03 12:17:39

A recent poll carried out by Pollmark Research, encompassing 1,945 people from 12 different provinces revealed that almost 70 percent of Turks favor accession into the European Union and 66 percent have a positive view of the Union.

With respect to the United States, the results showed that 20.4 percent have a positive view of the U.S., whereas 70.4 percent expressed dislike towards the country.

The poll also indicated that a significant portion of the Turkish people is against sending troops to Iraq: 35 percent of Turks believe Turkey should send troops to Iraq, while 59.3 percent disagrees. 56 percent of the electorate of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) agrees that Turkish troops should be deployed in Iraq, while only 26 percent of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) electorate supports the idea.

The survey also revealed that the AKP was still the most popular party, with the rate of support standing at 32.5 percent. Its closest rival, Republican People's Party (CHP), became a distant second with 11.7 percent.

The poll showed that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the most popular politician in Turkey, with 20.2 percent. Former President Suleyman Demirel followed Erdogan with 7.6 percent and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer was the third with 7.2 percent. The popularity rate of Cem Uzan, a controversial businessman-turned-politician and a main rival of Erdogan, was 2.3 percent. 78.6 percent of those surveyed said their perception of the Uzan family was negative, while 9.4 percent responded otherwise. A Turkish court has recently issued a warrant of arrest for two Uzan family members in connection with corruption charges that have resulted in the bankruptcy of the bank owned by the family.

With regards to the recent partial amnesty introduced by the government to encourage the surrender of PKK-KADEK militants, 42 percent said they welcomed the amnesty, while 30 percent said they were opposed to the move. /Turkish Daily News/

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