1 November 2004
61 percent of the Turkish public trusts the European Union (EU) for its future. Public polls indicate a five percent increase in numbers of those supporting the EU.
The number of people who see Turkey's future as with US decreased to two percent. The US now leads in the threat perception of the Turkish public by 26 percent according to the public polls. The "Foreign Policy Perception" poll conducted by the International Strategic Research Institution (USAK) showed the Turkish public's vision of the future. 61 percent of the Turkish public sees its future in the EU according to the semi-annual poll in Turkey's four biggest cities. While the number of people who see their future in the Turkish world decreased to 18 percent, the proportion of those who desired a Eurasia Union reached 12 percent. Those who say, "Turkey's future is with the Islamic world" rose to seven percent and those who say, "We should be together with US" decreased to two percent.
In another poll conducted by USAK six months ago, the results were: people who see Turkey's future in the EU was 56 percent, in the Turkish world 24 percent, in the Eurasia Union 10 percent, in the Islamic world 5.5 percent, in US 4.5 percent.
Meanwhile, the poll indicates the Turkish public's perception of friends and enemies has changed. Although Greece decreased one percent in the threat perception, it still remained in second place. The number of people perceiving Israel as threat increased two percent. According to the poll, the most prominent friends of the Turkish public are Azerbaijanis.