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Karadeniz Technical University students protest Prime Minister’s remarks on mixed-sex student houses. DHA photo

Karadeniz Technical University students protest Prime Minister’s remarks on mixed-sex student houses. DHA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent criticisms of mixed-sex student housing is widely supported by public opinion, according to a recent poll.

Some 55 percent of poll participants said they were in favor of forbidding such living arrangements while 38 objected to the idea, the MetroPoll research center’s recent study has revealed.

The poll was conducted in 31 provinces across the country between Nov. 23 and 25, with a total of 1263 people having been interviewed.

When asked if they agreed with the Prime Minister’s objection to co-ed student housing, 80 percent of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) supporters answered ‘yes’ to the question.

Only 15 percent of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) supporters approved the idea while 33 percent of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) supporters and 46 percent of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were in agreement with Erdoğan.

Erdoğan on Nov. 3 condemned female and male students’ living under the one roof, vowing to take measures against such a living arrangement.

“This is against our conservative, democratic character,” Erdoğan said during closed-door party meeting with AKP deputies in Ankara’s Kızılcahamam district.

“We witnessed this in the province of Denizli. The insufficiency of dormitories causes problems. Male and female university students are living in the same dormitory. This is not being checked,” he said.

Interior Minister Muammer Güler raised the bar and brought another dimension to the debate on mixed-student housing on Nov. 6, arguing that many of these apartments harbored terror and other illegal activities, such as prostitution.

“We are considering the issue from the viewpoint of a fight against terrorism,” Güler said during a press conference on Nov. 6 in Ankara.

Since then the issue has caused fierce debate in the country.

On the other hand, some 6 percent agree that students in Turkey have housing-related issues.

Some 37 percent of society and 54 percent of AKP supporters said police should track the activities of students who are not living in dormitories but living in rental houses.

Some 42 percent said people should report mixed-sex student accommodation, with the percentage rising to 58 when taking into account ruling party supporters.

Raiding mixed student houses by police was backed up by about 34 percent of responders to the poll, but the percentage of AKP supporters who approved police to raid these houses was 54 percent.

Daily rental checks launched

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency

The Interior Ministry has ordered governors across the country to take records of “short-term rentals” that do not have official legal status. The residences that were raided recently were inspected on the same grounds, aiming to bring them under control.

The ministry has sent circular notes to governors regarding daily rental flats and unregistered hotel-like accommodation facilities. Local authorities are asked to ensure these facilities are registered for security, tax and quality checks.


December/02/2013

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Çılgın Kanarya

12/3/2013 10:55:53 PM

"it is really a good news for the future of Turkey", eh SAM? Yeah that's right, planning to prevent grown adults of the opposite sex living together, while at the same time turning a blind eye to young girls being sold off to old men for marriage? You İslamists are deeply perverse. Get away from your computer for a night, gather a few mates (if you have any), get down to a bar, have a few beers and chat to some pretty girls. This should provide a cure for your obsession with such trivial issues!

mara mcglothin

12/3/2013 8:21:17 PM

AVCI It is completely illegal in the free World to descriminate against a "rentor' due to his race, creed, ethniticity, gender, familiar status, religion or disability. You can't say "I only want married people. OR Muslim people. OR Only doctors. You will get sued in a heartbeat.

mara mcglothin

12/2/2013 9:45:35 PM

Right BRIAN It is so simple. If you don't want to ______ then don't, BUT don't outlaw it for others just because you don't want to do it. Protection of minority rights are a bigger part of democracy than the will of the majority.

Harry Foundalis

12/2/2013 9:17:05 PM

83% of Pakistanis approve the stoning of adulterers (August 2009 poll, reported here in HDN). So? Should this “will of the people” become law of Pakistan so that adulterers can be “democratically” stoned to death? Of course not. Human rights override the will of the majority (at least in civilized nations).

sam afg alokozai

12/2/2013 12:30:54 PM

it is turkey, people are not sleep anymore, it is really a good news for the future of turkey, the statistics knows that people become sick of fascism and sexism

Jeff L

12/2/2013 12:30:16 PM

It's a nice concept, but whose job is it to enforce it? Are the police going to drag people kicking and screaming out of their houses?

Tekir Feline

12/2/2013 11:47:18 AM

This poll based on just 1263 participants from 31 of 81 provinces looks rather like a sweetheart report or courtesy expertise. Especially if you keep in mind Mr. Kanli's commentary on the conduction polls in Turkey.

Brian Irlanda

12/2/2013 11:22:00 AM

Ok then..55% are against co-ed education...they have a right...but not the right to force their opinion on the 38% who object to this....Their moral stance is justified only in the context that they themselves would not live in co-ed housing.....but other Turkish citizens, over 18 years old and with their own democratic and human rights may wish to live with the opposite sex.

Black Berry

12/2/2013 11:10:40 AM

Even if this is an accurate representation (which is doubtful), it means that roughly half of the pollution are not opposed to it, so let half of them share, and let the other half segregate themselves. We dont need to impose things upon adults.

İSRAFİL AVCI

12/2/2013 10:51:41 AM

This result is not a surprise for me.İn fact, it doesn't suprise anybody who knows the religious and moralistic tendency of Turkish society vey well.I served and have been in many parts of Anatolia and I myself saw this tendency and sensitivity of Anatolian people about coed housing.When I was not married,they did not want me to rent their rental home.when I barely rented a house,the owner of the house listed his rules:"you can't bring your girlfriend to home."you can't drink alcohol at home et
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