June 22, 2011

Turkey’s Future: Middle East or Europe?

25 vs. 17

The Turkish public is split on whether its country’s future lies with the Middle East or Europe.

Does Turkey’s future belong in Europe or the Middle East? The Turkish public does not have a consensus answer. A quarter says that in the future Turkey should look to the Middle East while 17% say it should look to Europe. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) volunteer that both are equally important, while 6% say that neither are important and 15% do not offer an opinion. Despite the split, Turks remain in favor of joining the European Union by a 52%-to-42% margin. While support for joining the EU is little changed from a year ago, it is down 16 percentage points since 2005. Turks younger than age 30 (61%) are more likely than Turks ages 50 and older (43%) to favor joining the EU. On balance, publics in most of the EU member nations surveyed also support Turkish membership in the organization. Read More