Trust in presidency declines in 2018 to 44 percent - report

Turkey’s trust in the office of the presidency dropped from 56.6 percent in 2017 to 44.1 percent in 2018, a new research report from Kadir Has University has said.

The study also found the percentage of Turks who identify themselves as conservative and pious slightly dipped in 2018 to 44.4 percent, despite increases since 2014. Only 6.3 percent identify as social democrats. The number of Turks who identified themselves as Republican-Kemalist, followers of the secular national vision of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, rose 1 percent in 2018 to 16.9 percent.

The study has been conducted since 2010 by Kadir Has University, and throughout that period has been coordinated by professor Mustafa Aydın.

Highlights from the report include the following results:

— Trust in the Turkish Armed Forces decreased from 60 percent to 51.2 percent in 2018.

— The least trusted institution is the media, with only 31.9 percent of people responding they trusted it.

— Only 28.6 percent of people believe there is a gap in the political landscape that has not been represented, with most of those people believing there is a gap in the political center or left.

— Despite a drop from 2017, 30.8 percent of people believe Turkey’s justice system has been politicised.

— Compared to 2017, 10 percent fewer people believe Turkey is at danger of being divided, with the figure at 18.8 percent believing in the risk.