Survey: Turks trust national institutions, NATO least reliable international organization
by Emre Özüm
ANKARAFeb 20, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Emre Özüm
Feb 20, 2016 12:00 am
A German Marshall Fund survey, conducted by Infakto RW through face to face interviews with 1,024 people over 18 years of age throughout Turkey, found that a majority of participants trust national institutions more than international organizations such as NATO, the EU or the U.N. Participants said that they trusted the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and universities the most and trusted NATO, the UN and the EU the least.
According to the survey, more than 75 percent of those interviewed said that they trust the TSK, followed by Turkish universities with a trust level of 65.4 percent. The presidency was the third trustworthiest institution in the survey with 56.1 percent of participants saying that they trust it.
International institutions received the least amount of trust from participants. NATO, for instance, was the most unreliable organization in the survey with only 22.9 percent trusting the defense organization, followed by the U.N. with 24 percent and the EU with 27.6 percent.
Turkey's major political parties in Parliament, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were all considered equally trustworthy by survey participants. While the TSK and universities are the most reliable institutions for participants from all four political parties, NATO, the U.N. and EU also shared lower levels of confidence from participants who support the different political parties. For example, 90.3 percent of the AK Party supporters in the survey consider the TSK reliable and 75.7 percent said universities are trustworthy, but 34.4 percent said the EU was reliable, 33.3 percent for NATO and 30.7 percent for the U.N. Similarly, CHP supporters exhibited the highest trust in the survey -- 67.6 percent -- in the TSK, while it received 31.2 percent from HDP supporters and 74 percent from MHP supporters. Universities were also trusted by 64.5 percent of CHP supporters, 37.4 percent of HDP supporters and 55.7 percent of MHP supporters. Following the overall trend, NATO was trusted by 12.1 percent of CHP voters, 17.7 percent of HDP supporters and 14.7 of MHP voters. The U.N. was considered trustworthy by 19.1 percent of CHP supporters, 24.9 percent of HDP supporters and 13.5 percent of MHP supporters.