Survey shows decrease in ethnic self-Identification

According to a survey conducted by Kadir Has University with a thousand people in 26 cities, there is a decrease in the number of people defining themselves with an ethnic identity

Survey shows decrease in ethnic self-Identification

World Bulletin/ News Desk

In the fifth Turkey Social and Political Trends research conducted by Kadir Has University, 54.8 percent of participants identified themselves as “Turkish” and 6.3 percent as “Kurdish.”

A striking feature of the research is that the remaining thirty-plus percent did not identify themselves with an ethnic identity. In previous studies, over 60 percent of participants identified themselves as Turkish.

Under the survey conducted under the direction of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aydin, Prof. Dr. Hasan Bulent Kahraman, Prof. Dr. Osman Zaim, Prof. Dr. Bulent Caplı, Prof. Dr. Banu Baybars Hawks and Soli Ozel, when the greatest threat to the country was defined as the “risk of division,” the proponents of this view were more noticeably those who defined themselves with the “Turkish” ethnic identity. Nearly half of the participants who said they were “Turkish” saw the threat of division.

55.5 percent said that “Discussions should not be had with anyone to solve the terror problem.” The number of those saying “Soldiers will solve terror” had increased to 50.1 percent since last year.


According to the study, the number of people characterizing themselves as conservatives is rising. 22.5 percent of the population characterizes themselves as “Conservatives” and 15 percent as “Moderate Conservatives.” On the other hand, there is a decrease in people characterizing themselves as “Nationalists.” The number of people considering themselves “Nationalist” has decreased from 23.5 percent in 2009 to 16 percent today.

As in the past three years, according to the participants, Turkey's biggest problem is again “unemployment.” The number of individuals thinking that Turkey will not become an E.U. member has risen to 66 percent compared to the previous period. Meanwhile the percentage of supporters of E.U. membership has dropped to 50 percent.


In the survey, the most politically successful party was the AK Party (JDP), and the most successful politician Prime Minister Erdogan. While over 52 percent of participants said that the judiciary has become politicized, the greatest chance for presidency was given to Prime Minister Erdogan with the 30 percent range.

Nearly half of the participants in 2011, and one in every three participants in 2012 said they believe that the change in Turkey is getting better, while 65 percent said they are happy to live in Turkey.

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