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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the most popular leader among six Muslim-majority countries, including Turkey, over a year after the Arab Spring, and a majority believes Turkey supports the spread of democracy in the region, according to a recent poll.

Erdoğan received a 65-percent approval rating, followed by Saudi King Abdullah, with a 58-percent approval rating, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in recent months in Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Pakistan.

Most of those surveyed, 64 percent on average, believe Turkey favors democracy in the Middle East, including roughly three out of every four people in the newly democratic nations of Egypt and Tunisia. Relatively few believe the U.S. wants democracy in the Middle East. In Turkey, about a third (34 percent) believe the Arab Spring will result in the spread of democracy in the region, while a similar percentage (37 percent) is doubtful. The first two Muslim-majority nations to overthrow a dictator still “desire” democracy, with some 67 percent of Egyptians and 63 percent of Tunisians saying “democracy is preferable,” the poll says. In the rest of the region, 84 percent of Lebanese and 71 percent of Turks say “democracy is preferable,” but Jordanians and Pakistanis are less enthusiastic, at 61 and 42 percent respectively.


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ilker avni

7/13/2012 7:04:42 PM

Erdogan is popular because he has cleansed Turkey and changed all the rules,Turkish people no longer feel threatened by the state.Turkey is the only country to have growth in Europe.Arab countries look up to Turkey as an example of democractic Islam,.Turkeys foreign policey is based on smart power.

Aslam Benli

7/13/2012 4:48:22 PM

Congratulations to Sultan Erdoğan. Goebbels was right: if you scream repeatedly enough whatever you say becomes the true. Populism pays off (not sure if it is in the best interest of our country though).

dogan kemal ileri

7/13/2012 3:18:31 PM

@mark tak and I've lived in the Uk since 1957 and I also know how international bankers work.So who do you think owns UK ltd or your own USA ltd,yes the same international banking government lets call them.They wouldnt lend unless you have assets to back up your loans.Before Erdogan we had no apreciable assets to attract any investor.But now....no need to repeat history.

mevlut erdem

7/13/2012 2:05:17 PM

well,economicly Erdogan ist the best thing that happend to Turkey. In foreign politics he is the worst disaster for Turkey. That should cover all comments made here.

Mark Tak

7/13/2012 1:44:51 PM

Mr Dogan! I am sorry but l lived in US for 38 years and l know how these international bankers work,please do not tell me economy riding high,it is a HOT MONEY fuled economy, and for return of this hot money they are making Erdogan sell Turkish assets, and very soon Turks will become the renters in their own home paying rent to these Internationla Bankers like Bilderberg Group,GDP? with printed money, like Greece wa sriding high with EU money, what are they doing now sir?begging this new Greece

Mark Tak

7/13/2012 1:17:08 PM

Erdogan is selling the country and making Turkey go back times like reaching over to Undemocratic Muslim nations by bringing Turkey close to their level instead making them elevate to Turkish levels, calle modarate Islam, Turks do not have to go back to pick them up, they should be in fast track to reach Turkey.Turks weake up, and do not piss off Russians your second trading partner, US only buys $2 billion form Turkey Russia 15 Billion and going up,

dogan kemal ileri

7/13/2012 1:10:04 PM

Its easy to criticise Erdogan but I judge exclusively on results.Those that are highly critical of Erdogan and his AKP party who now is up to 60% approval rating can say nothing about what their parties have achieved.I'll tell you in the last 60 years the answer is precious little apart from a brief spell by Ozal.The AKP have tripled our GDP in 10 years, and modernised the country and we are set to be the 10th largest economy by 2023,our centenery of Turkiye;s republic.Enough said.Well said Lara

mistique holland

7/13/2012 12:53:01 PM

@Lara Ulusoy, I am being nice to Erdogan. I also live in the Netherlands and we have a populist party here. He screams the same way as Erdogan does. I don"t like screamers, it's their way or no way. He does a lot of good but nog good enough. What about social services. People don't get any money when they don't work - that's why they all move to Europe - what about medical care, people can't afford it, jobs, pensions, schooling fee.No he is building the biggest Mosc ever, WHY not PEOPLE FIRST...

mistique holland

7/13/2012 12:40:38 PM

@Lara Ulusoy, I do live half the time in Turkey and know what I am talking about. You talk about the 90ts etc. but it is 2012 and how many journalist are in Jail, what about Free speech, what about woman's rights, abortion, schooling. Girls in villages, minorities, people rights??. More and mores schools and camps want boys and girls seperated, Erdogan wants religion schools back, he wants headscarfs back in school. I LOVE Turkey and Turkish people but you must stay fair.

Mark Tak

7/13/2012 12:21:27 PM

All fine and good BUT what is He doing? when Israel forming close allinece with Grek Cyprus and Greeks and dividing Meditrrenean sea between them,blocking arm sales to Turkey from US,while Erdogan making enemies with Syria,Iran,Russia and hosting Xband radar to protect Israel?if Syria falls they put pipe lines from Syria bypassing Turkey and will loose huge transition fiunds, Mr Erdogan can l say ONE MINUTE? what are you up to?who are you working for?Pick a side Turkish side
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