Turks perceive US as the ‘most dangerous’ country for Turkey: survey

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According to a recent survey conducted by Kadir Has University a whopping 81.9 percent of Turks consider the United States the most dangerous country for Turkey.

Israel follows the US with 63.3 percent, according to the survey, titled “Turkey Social and Political Trends Research,” published by Turkish media outlets on Wednesday.

The opinion poll was conducted on 1,000 people over the age of 18 in face-to-face interviews between Dec. 12 and Jan. 4 in 26 provinces. The results of the survey, which has been carried out annually since 2010, were announced at a press conference by the university on Wednesday.

The same research found that 41.9 percent of respondents want Turkey to leave NATO, while 58.7 percent are in favor of continuing the country’s membership, in effect since 1952.

Amid strained relations with the European Union, still almost half of the nation is in favor of continuing membership negotiations with the bloc (48.9 percent).

Nearly one-fifth of the country (18.8 percent) believes Turkey is under threat of division.

In accordance with the traditional trends in the country, the majority of respondents describe themselves as conservative/religious, at 44.4 percent.

According to Turks, the most important problem the society faces these days is unemployment (27 percent) and the high cost of living (17.8 percent). More than half of the society, 57.1 percent, says the economy is deteriorating.

In line with a recent exodus from the country, the survey found that one out of five people would like to leave Turkey to live abroad if they got the chance.

According to Kadir Has University’s survey, in the last year, 60.9 percent of respondents had not read a book.

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