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A Striking Poll About Turks!
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1.       chiko
135 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 01:58 pm

Turks reveal xenophobic, conservative attitudes in poll

Turks are xenophobic, socially conservative people who rarely read books, relegate women to second-class status and harbour ambivalent views about democracy, contentious new research has revealed.

The unflattering picture has emerged from a survey by one of Turkey´s most respected polling organisations, Konda, which interviewed 6,482 people.

Some 73% opposed allowing foreigners to own Turkish land or property, while nine out of 10 said they had never taken a holiday abroad. Just under 70% said they never read books, and 72% said they never or rarely bought new hi-tech products as soon they appeared on the market. Many also expressed fears that Turkey´s neighbours planned to carve up the country.

Nearly 70% said wives needed their husband´s permission to work while 57% believed that a female should never leave home wearing a sleeveless top. More than half - 53% - favoured allowing women judges, prosecutors, teachers and other public servants to wear the Islamic headscarf on duty, something Turkey´s secular constitution forbids.

While 88% agreed that Turkey should be governed by democracy "under each and every condition", this was undermined by the significant proportion - 48% - who said the military should intervene "when necessary". The powerful armed forces have toppled four elected governments in coups in the past 50 years.

The survey, entitled Who Are We?, was conducted on behalf of Hurriyet, one of Turkey´s biggest selling newspapers, renowned for its secularist outlook.

Tarhan Erdem, senior analyst with Konda, said the research was aimed at understanding ongoing social transformation and seeing whether Turkey was the country many of its people thought they knew. The high support for military intervention showed Turks had reservations about democracy, he said, while attitudes towards women exposed a lack of gender equality. "The data shows that women aren´t free in their private lives," Erdem said.

Ahmet Insel, a columnist with Radikal newspaper, said opposition to foreign travel and property ownership stemmed from a preoccupation with the 1919-1923 war of independence that established modern Turkey.

"We think the war of independence is still under way, so it´s no surprise we are xenophobic. We´re still fighting foreigners," he said.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/23/turks--conservative-poll

 

 

2.       thehandsom
7403 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 02:12 pm

 

Quoting chiko

Turks reveal xenophobic, conservative attitudes in poll

Turks are xenophobic, socially conservative people who rarely read books, relegate women to second-class status and harbour ambivalent views about democracy, contentious new research has revealed.

The unflattering picture has emerged from a survey by one of Turkey´s most respected polling organisations, Konda, which interviewed 6,482 people.

Some 73% opposed allowing foreigners to own Turkish land or property, while nine out of 10 said they had never taken a holiday abroad. Just under 70% said they never read books, and 72% said they never or rarely bought new hi-tech products as soon they appeared on the market. Many also expressed fears that Turkey´s neighbours planned to carve up the country.

Nearly 70% said wives needed their husband´s permission to work while 57% believed that a female should never leave home wearing a sleeveless top. More than half - 53% - favoured allowing women judges, prosecutors, teachers and other public servants to wear the Islamic headscarf on duty, something Turkey´s secular constitution forbids.

While 88% agreed that Turkey should be governed by democracy "under each and every condition", this was undermined by the significant proportion - 48% - who said the military should intervene "when necessary". The powerful armed forces have toppled four elected governments in coups in the past 50 years.

The survey, entitled Who Are We?, was conducted on behalf of Hurriyet, one of Turkey´s biggest selling newspapers, renowned for its secularist outlook.

Tarhan Erdem, senior analyst with Konda, said the research was aimed at understanding ongoing social transformation and seeing whether Turkey was the country many of its people thought they knew. The high support for military intervention showed Turks had reservations about democracy, he said, while attitudes towards women exposed a lack of gender equality. "The data shows that women aren´t free in their private lives," Erdem said.

Ahmet Insel, a columnist with Radikal newspaper, said opposition to foreign travel and property ownership stemmed from a preoccupation with the 1919-1923 war of independence that established modern Turkey.

"We think the war of independence is still under way, so it´s no surprise we are xenophobic. We´re still fighting foreigners," he said.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/23/turks--conservative-poll

 

 

 

Nothing to add from my part..

I am glad It was you brought this up. not me..

3.       chiko
135 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 02:22 pm

 

Quoting thehandsom

 

 

Nothing to add from my part..

I am glad It was you brought this up. not me..

 

Hehe well i hope Dear patriots wont insult me for sending this as they did to you i wouldnt be as patient as you!

4.       libralady
5152 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 02:25 pm

 

Quoting chiko

Turks reveal xenophobic, conservative attitudes in poll

Turks are xenophobic, socially conservative people who rarely read books, relegate women to second-class status and harbour ambivalent views about democracy, contentious new research has revealed.

The unflattering picture has emerged from a survey by one of Turkey´s most respected polling organisations, Konda, which interviewed 6,482 people.

Some 73% opposed allowing foreigners to own Turkish land or property, while nine out of 10 said they had never taken a holiday abroad. Just under 70% said they never read books, and 72% said they never or rarely bought new hi-tech products as soon they appeared on the market. Many also expressed fears that Turkey´s neighbours planned to carve up the country.

Nearly 70% said wives needed their husband´s permission to work while 57% believed that a female should never leave home wearing a sleeveless top. More than half - 53% - favoured allowing women judges, prosecutors, teachers and other public servants to wear the Islamic headscarf on duty, something Turkey´s secular constitution forbids.

While 88% agreed that Turkey should be governed by democracy "under each and every condition", this was undermined by the significant proportion - 48% - who said the military should intervene "when necessary". The powerful armed forces have toppled four elected governments in coups in the past 50 years.

The survey, entitled Who Are We?, was conducted on behalf of Hurriyet, one of Turkey´s biggest selling newspapers, renowned for its secularist outlook.

Tarhan Erdem, senior analyst with Konda, said the research was aimed at understanding ongoing social transformation and seeing whether Turkey was the country many of its people thought they knew. The high support for military intervention showed Turks had reservations about democracy, he said, while attitudes towards women exposed a lack of gender equality. "The data shows that women aren´t free in their private lives," Erdem said.

Ahmet Insel, a columnist with Radikal newspaper, said opposition to foreign travel and property ownership stemmed from a preoccupation with the 1919-1923 war of independence that established modern Turkey.

"We think the war of independence is still under way, so it´s no surprise we are xenophobic. We´re still fighting foreigners," he said.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/23/turks--conservative-poll

 

 

 

 This is horrendous reading!  70% have never read a book??? Wow did they not go to school?  And the attittudes, I must say I am quite shocked by this report.

 

The URL does not work, I wanted to find out who they targeted and how many particpated.



Edited (2/23/2009) by libralady [Added further]
Edited (2/23/2009) by libralady [Embarassingly noticed the numbers at the beginning of the article]

5.       chiko
135 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 02:31 pm

 

Quoting libralady

 

The URL does not work, I wanted to find out who they targeted and how many particpated.

 

you can click on "article history" to go to the page

6.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 02:36 pm

That´s a very interesting read. Thanks, Chico! Now it´s easier to understand some Turkish memebrs here who fit that survey perfectly.

7.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 05:09 pm

UMMMM.....they could have just come to TC on a regular basis to figure this out!  {#lang_emotions_shy}

 

Are we all shocked now? {#lang_emotions_lol_fast}

 

So now I am expecting some member to come and post some survey about the evils of Western countries now....but oh well!  This is definately interesting.

8.       libralady
5152 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 05:14 pm

 

Quoting Elisabeth

UMMMM.....they could have just come to TC on a regular basis to figure this out!  {#lang_emotions_shy}

 

Are we all shocked now? {#lang_emotions_lol_fast}

 

So now I am expecting some member to come and post some survey about the evils of Western countries now....but oh well!  This is definately interesting.

 

 "Sucks air in through teeth" {#lang_emotions_scared}

9.       adana
416 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 05:55 pm

Interesting read,if it was conducted in my country the polltakers probably would receive the same results as far as reading goes.

I have some questions concerning this survey

1.How representative is the number 6482 for the whole Turkish population?

2.Why in this article I can´t find anything about respondents,their age,sex,social  and economic status?{#lang_emotions_unsure}These data are important to form an opinion.

3.What is the percentage of University goers and school kids in Turkey

Grateful if someone could provide an answer



Edited (2/23/2009) by adana [light))]

10.       lady in red
6947 posts
 23 Feb 2009 Mon 06:17 pm

 

Quoting libralady

 

 

 This is horrendous reading!  70% have never read a book??? Wow did they not go to school?  And the attittudes, I must say I am quite shocked by this report.

 

The URL does not work, I wanted to find out who they targeted and how many particpated.

 

I wouldn´t mind betting the number of illiterate people in the UK would come as a shock to a lot of people (and - no - I don´t personally have any idea how many there are)  And we are (or were) supposed to have one of the best education systems in the world. 

 

Sorry - this might be a bit offtopic - just pointing out that Turkey would not be the only country were a lot of people haven´t read a book

 

I found something: here  ´An "unacceptably high" number of adults cannot read, write or add up, despite billions of pounds being spent on improving basic skills, MPs have warned´



Edited (2/23/2009) by lady in red [added link]

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