Polls show public think Gulen Movement behind “Parallel State”
Jan 14, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Jan 14, 2014 12:00 am
The results of poll conducted by GENAR on the Turkish economic and political perception of the 17 Dec operation indicate public distrust.
GENAR polling company conducted an opinion poll on the Turkish public's perception of the Dec 17 operation in terms of economics and politics. The results show public distrust regarding the Dec 17 probe. 3,181 people were interviewed in 30 cities run by metropolitan municipalities. 73 percent of interviewees believe that the Gulen Movement is behind the probe, while 70.6 percent think that the probe was a doing of foreign powers. 73.9 percent of interviewees are confident that "the parallel state" was established by the Gulen Movement. 63.3 percent confirm that the probe aims to put an obstacle on the road to a growing Turkey with 94.3 percent of interviewees refusing to vote for any alliance formed by the Gulen Movement and the Republican People's Party (CHP).
The poll shows that 64.3 percent of interviewees oppose the involvement of a religious movement within the state structure and agrees that a religious movement should have influence on religious education alone, while 35.7 percent approves it. 30.6 percent says that religious movements should be active solely in fighting against poverty, while 69.4 percent disagree. 69.7 percent disagrees that the role of a religious movement should be confined to social aid work, while 30.3 percent approves it.
The other questions and answers in the survey are as follows:
Religious movements should only be active in education: Yes: 19.4% No: 80.6%
Religious movements should only be active in the field of health: Yes: 15.8% No: 84.2%
Religious movements should be able to exist within the state: Yes: 12.3% No: 87.7%
On the upcoming local elections, 48.8 percent support the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), followed by CHP with 28 percent, MHP with 13 percent, BDP with 6.5 percent, Saadet Party with 1.4 percent and others with 2.3 percent.
67.9 percent of interviewees support a retrial in the Ergenekon case, while 32.1 percent oppose it. 68.4 percent support the retrial of defendants in the Sledgehammer case, while 31.6 percent oppose it.