The Russian Federation posed the biggest threat to Turkey last year, according to the Survey of Social-Political Trends in Turkey 2015, which was conducted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul.
“Although Israel had been at the top of the list of countries thought to ‘pose the biggest threat to Turkey' since 2011, this year the Russian Federation replaced Israel on this list. The percentages of those who consider the Unites States, Syria and Israel to pose a threat to Turkey have fallen in 2015” the university said in a press statement, announcing the survey results.
The survey aiming to reflect yearly changes in public opinion in the country was conducted between Dec. 9 and 17, 2015, with 1,000 respondents aged 18 and above residing in the city centers of 26 cities. The respondents were asked questions on Turkish politics, economics and social relations in face-to-face interviews.
In 2015, Turks saw terror as the most serious problem, according to the survey results.
“While 13.9 percent of participants indicated terror to be the most serious problem in the country in 2014, this rate went up to 39.3 percent in 2015,” the statement said, adding that the second most significant problem was unemployment last year.
“Unemployment, seen as the second most important problem in 2015 at 16.3 percent, has fallen significantly from the much higher rate of 33 percent recorded for the previous year” it added.