65 percent of Turks say economy is number one problem

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This picture is taken on April 10, 2018 in Istanbul shows a screen displaying foreign exchange rates against Turkish liras as a man looks to the rates at Istiklal avenue. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Sixty-five percent of the Turkish public thinks the economy presents the most pressing problem in their lives, according to a December survey conducted by the MetroPOLL polling company.

The survey indicates that no other problem is even close to economic issues, followed by education at only 3 percent and terrorism at 2.7 percent.

After surviving a currency crisis in 2018 that saw a 30 percent loss in the national currency against the US dollar, the Turkish economy had been on a track of recovery throughout last year.

However, double-digit inflation has kept prices of goods high, while growing unemployment is making people’s lives more difficult.

On a positive note, the number of people who said Syrian refugees are a serious problems dropped from 4.1 percent in July to 0.4 percent in December.

After losing the local election, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) decided to decrease the number of Syrian immigrants in İstanbul by removing allegedly unregistered Syrians from the city.

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