Greeks and Turks agree ‘to find a way forward’ - survey

Close to two-thirds of Greeks said “Yes”, when asked “Should Greeks and Turks find a way of friendly coexistence” in a survey.

In the study with 1,022 Greek and 1,163 Turkish participants, 68.1 percent of Greeks said they agreed fully or somewhat with coexistence, while 73.5 percent of Turks expressed the same view.

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Dianeosis research institute organised the public opinion survey, which was conducted by market research firm MRB Hellas in Greece and leading pollster KONDA in Turkey between February 9 and 21. The survey asked Greeks and Turks to answer some tough questions, Ekathimerini reported.

Almost 60 percent of both Greeks (58.1 percent) and Turks (57.8 percent) are in agreement that the biggest problem between two countries was the maritime zones, the study found, followed by issues in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean waters.

Little over 10 percent of Greeks (11.3 percent) and Turks (12.6 percent) saw Cyprus as an important issue between the two countries, while 13 percent of Greeks and only 4.4 percent of Turks said they considered the refugee issue the most serious problem.

Only 5.7 percent of Greeks and 6.9 percent of Turks consider Turkey’s support for jihadist terrorism as the most serious problem that the two nations face.

The survey also revealed that Greeks were more afraid of a military flare-up than Turks. Tellingly, one in three Turks believed that global public opinion would support Greece and not Turkey in the event of a crisis.

It is worthy of note that 70.2 percent of Greeks and a comparatively low 41.9 percent of Turks said they were worried about a possible military incident between the neighbours and NATO allies.