Poll shows Turks want secularism

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An overwhelming majority of Turkish people want secularism to be included in the country’s new charter, a recent survey conducted by KONDA for the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) has revealed.

Almost 90 percent of survey participants said the country should be defined as secular in the new constitution. Some 50.6 percent said the definition of secularism should be kept as it is, and 40.7 percent said secularism should be “redefined to keep an equal distance from all religions.”

Only 8.7 percent of the participants said the new charter should not include secularism, with 18.9 percent of the participants defining themselves as “Islamists” when asked about their political orientation.

The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 2,699 people of various ages and social groups across 29 provinces on Sept. 22 and 23.

Written By: National Secular Society
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14 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a little confused with those figures…

    Adding them up, 91.3% wish the constitution to remain secular – but 18.9% define themselves as Islamist?

    How does that work??

    Or is it just another example of taqiyya, despite three quarters of Turks being Sunni rather than Shia…

  2. In reply to #2 by Dr Bob:

    I’m a little confused with those figures…

    Adding them up, 91.3% wish the constitution to remain secular – but 18.9% define themselves as Islamist?

    How does that work??

    Or is it just another example of taqiyya, despite three quarters of Turks being Sunni rather than Shia…

    That is consistent with a good percentage of “Islamists” currently happy with Attaturk’s secularism. Why not?

  3. With Turkey’s geographic location with regard to Europe it will always be seen as an important bridge between the west and islam, as such how islamic its regime becomes is of real importance.

  4. In reply to #1 by hellosnackbar:

    Then why would Turks vote for a mild Islamist who acts against Kemal Attaturk’s philosophy.
    He described Islamic barbarism as a necklace of kill.

    Or, as a ‘rotting corpse’. Whatever- this is reassuring news; many Turks voted AKP because Erdogan has done a great job with the Turkish economy- which should be the envy of the EU, Britain and USA. Growth has been around 7%- so why would they not vote that way?
    Actually I am amazed by this result, considering Turks are far behind in accepting evolution, and so many in the country areas are not well educated.
    This is a warning to Erdogan that should he go too far with Islam the voters will dump him.
    You are correct in that Turks genuinely venerate Ataturk like no other leader anywhere in the world- he achieved the impossible in dumping the baggage of the Ottomans, changing the language, instituting a complete new legal system and bringing western values and progress to an Islamic country. Has anything like it been done elsewhere?

  5. In reply to #3 by Explorer:

    That is consistent with a good percentage of “Islamists” currently happy with Attaturk’s secularism. Why not?

    By definition, an Islamist wants to impose Sharia Law – therefore they cannot be ‘happy with Attaturk’s secularism’.

    They also would baulk at the idea of joining the European Union and would be against Turkey remaining in NATO.

    So either the Islamists are lying – or they don’t understand the meaning of the word.

  6. In reply to #6 by Dr Bob:

    In reply to #3 by Explorer:

    That is consistent with a good percentage of “Islamists” currently happy with Attaturk’s secularism. Why not?

    By definition, an Islamist wants to impose Sharia Law – therefore they cannot be ‘happy with Attaturk’s secularism’.

    They also would baulk at the idea of joining the European Union and would be against Turkey remaining in NATO.

    So either the Islamists are lying – or they don’t understand the meaning of the word.

    Bob, I think his quotation marks round ‘islamists’ suggests Turks are not as extreme as we might think?
    Turkey has around 15-20 daily newspapers, all of which are as un-Islamic as you can imagine; near- naked models, football, ads for everything from luxury apartments to the latest gadgets, sections for ‘adult entertainment’ and so on. Hard to imagine them giving all this up to spend more time at the mosque!
    Not to mention Efes lager which is very nice!

    Hope I’m not too familiar calling you Bob, Doctor :-)

  7. In reply to #8 by richard jr miles:

    According to mythical philoctets Turkey is technically a secular state.Re:comment 17 onWeb News jan.14 Turkey’s science state…… perhapspeace

    Can’t find ‘philoctets’ in the dictionary- what does it mean?
    Turkey is legally a secular state also.

  8. In reply to #10 by Nodhimmi:

    In reply to #6 by Dr Bob:

    In reply to #3 by Explorer:

    That is consistent with a good percentage of “Islamists” currently happy with Attaturk’s secularism. Why not?

    By definition, an Islamist wants to impose Sharia Law – therefore they cannot be ‘happy with Attaturk’s secularism’.

    They also would baulk at the idea of joining the European Union and would be against Turkey remaining in NATO.

    So either the Islamists are lying – or they don’t understand the meaning of the word.

    Bob, I think his quotation marks round ‘islamists’ suggests Turks are not as extreme as we might think?
    Turkey has around 15-20 daily newspapers, all of which are as un-Islamic as you can imagine; near- naked models, football, ads for everything from luxury apartments to the latest gadgets, sections for ‘adult entertainment’ and so on. Hard to imagine them giving all this up to spend more time at the mosque!
    Not to mention Efes lager which is very nice!

    Hope I’m not too familiar calling you Bob, Doctor :-)

    Yep, I appreciate what you are saying, but I’m still concerned that nearly 20% of people call themselves Islamists if the majority of them don’t know what they supporting and wouldn’t actually agree with it if they did.

    It’s how a certain fascist party were democratically elected in Germany in the 1930s – and we all know what that lead to…

    Ignore me, maybe I worry too much about people sleepwalking into disasters – and don’t worry about being over familiar… I’m neither a Doctor or called Bob anyway… :-)

  9. In reply to #11 by Nodhimmi:

    In reply to #8 by richard jr miles:

    According to mythical philoctets Turkey is technically a secular state.Re:comment 17 onWeb News jan.14 Turkey’s science state…… perhapspeace

    Can’t find ‘philoctets’ in the dictionary- what does it mean?
    Turkey is legally a secular state also.

    Nodhimmi, The previous web news I referred to is on this site.

  10. In reply to #5 by Nodhimmi:

    Growth has been around 7%

    Well, it depends what that’s based on. If the economy is about to crash and burn, he clearly won’t be so popular. A growing economy isn’t good by itself.

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