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Poll shows 97 percent of Turks lack trust in judiciary

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A total of 97.1 percent of Turks do not believe the judiciary in Turkey is independent and have no trust in the court system, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Eurasia Public Opinion Poll Center (AKAM).

Turkish news portal T24 published the findings of the survey on Thursday, which also revealed a lack of trust in the Turkish media. Ninety-five percent of respondents said their confidence in the media was on the decline.

AKAM, led by Kemal Özkiraz, conducted the poll between Nov. 9-17 in 30 provinces of Turkey. According to the poll, if there was an election today the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) would receive 45.5 percent of the vote, while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) would garner 30.34 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 11.21 percent and the the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) 11.36 percent.

In response to a question on the arrest of 10 HDP deputies, 45 percent of respondents approve of the arrest of the Kurdish deputies, while 35.7 percent said their imprisonment was wrong.

Seventy-two percent of respondents hold the Gülen movement responsible for a failed coup on July 15, while 39 percent say the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are to blame for the coup. The respondents were asked to give multiple answers to this question.

As far as the European Union membership process is concerned, despite tensions in relations, 58 percent responded in favor of EU membership.

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