By Shiryn Ghermezian
A recent survey conducted in Turkey revealed that Turks believe Israel and the U.S. pose the biggest threats to their country, Turkish publication Today’s Zalman reported on Wednesday.
İstanbul’s Kadir Has University polled 1,000 people in April across Turkish cities. When asked which country they see as the biggest threat to Turkey, 42.6 percent of respondents said Israel while 35.3 percent said the U.S. The same countries received 37.1 and 41.7 disapproval rates, respectively, during the same survey in 2013. Following Israel and the U.S. was Syria with 22.1 percent and Armenia with 20.3 percent.
Although Turkey is a candidate for membership to the European Union, 10.2 percent of respondents said EU countries are a threat to Turkey, Today’s Zalman reported. which was slightly less than 12.8 percent in 2013. When respondents were asked whether they want Turkey to become an EU member, 42.4 percent said yes and over 20 percent were undecided, a decline from the 47.5 percent who supported EU membership in the 2013.
The survey also revealed that 8.7 percent said no country poses a threat to Turkey and 38.9 percent said “Turkey has no friends.” The latter belief is almost unchanged from the same survey in 2013, in which the figure stood at 38.6 percent.
When asked which countries they considered friendly toward Turkey, Azerbaijan ranked first among respondents with 37.5 percent followed by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) at 8.9 percent, and Bosnia and Herzegovina at 6 percent.